AMITIAE - Monday 19 May 2014
Cassandra: Busying Giddy Minds - US to Charge Members of Chinese Military with Cyber Spying (Updated - links)
By Graham K. Rogers
In a recent, televised debate General Michael Hayden was happy enough to admit that people are killed through the information that can be gleaned from metadata and went on to explain - in the nicest possible way - how the United States has always spied on other countries: even George Washington did it.
Since the Ecehelon program it has been strongly suspected that as well as security matters, certain data of commercial interest might have been discovered through this early telephone signals intelligence; and many businessmen arriving at US airports might have wondered why their computers were taken out of their sight by authorities there: just enough time to duplicate the hard disk it was thought.
It was doubly embarrassing therefore when it was suggested that the "National Security Agency bugged Cisco Systems' networking equipment so the agency could spy on various adversaries" (Steve Johnson, SiliconBeat); allegations that were repeated and enlarged when it emerged that Dell was also worried along with CISCO about "a special unit within the National Security Agency (NSA) . . . planting backdoors in new computing and networking hardware" (Kristin Bent and Tom Spring, CRN). Other reports suggested that the NSA was also tampering with laptop computers in transit to make them insecure also (T.C. Sottek, The Verge).
With this US virtual aggression it is illuminating to see reports in a number of sources concerning the Justice Department filing of charges against several Chinese nationals for economic espionage. One report on NBC (Pete Williams) manages to outline the entire case against "members of the Chinese military" who "used military and intelligence facilities to commit cyber espionage against U.S. companies", although there is no mention of similar US exploits.
Of course they are spying, as are the British and the French, the Germans, the Russians and all the rest: it is a growth industry.
because that will take their minds of domestic activities.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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