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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cyber attacks blamed on China–FINALLY!

chinese-hackersAt DNSTC, we are constantly being bombarded with hack attempts from foreign countries.  Every day we get at least 5 failed attempts that has made us turn up security so tight on our servers that sometimes we get calls from clients who have been locked out due to something simple as forgetting a password.    This has been reported to the local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as, the Federal Trade Commission, to no avail.  Several hours each week is spent monitoring this, tweaking the server, and putting up road blocks.  Something has to give and we are glad to see reports on the Internet as this:

The New York Times says hackers based in China "persistently" infiltrated its computer network over a period of four months in late 2012 and early 2013.

Repeated cyber attacks on foreign governments, companies and organizations have been traced to China over the past few years and the Chinese government has often been accused of backing them, either directly or by allowing them to go ahead. Analysts say the attacks often appear to be an attempt to gather information and protect China's image.

Beijing routinely denies state-backed hacking and says it is more a victim of hacking than the culprit. Many other countries are also believed to use cyber espionage.

Other attempts go on every day.  The article lists some the following:

  • Lockheed Martine
  • Coca-Cola
  • Google
  • NASA
  • Pentagon

In our opinion, the law community needs some good IT people.  If you have read some of our posts in the past, you know how DNSTC feels about this topic.  How much money is being wasted just because there is nothing that can be done to stop this.

Read the full article for yourself here.


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