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(en) Britain, Freedom* #7216 - STATE HACKING

Date Mon, 26 Sep 2011 09:17:46 +0300


Hacking into the computer systems of government agencies and institutions seems to be an exercise in objective defiance by a newly politicised generation of computer literate youngsters. Both Anonymous and Lulzsec internet hacking teams have made the news in recent weeks with their audacious cyber attacks on sensitive government computer systems. And whatever people may think of their technique they motives remain sincere if a little egotistical. When nation states and governments use the same methodology it takes on a whole new political motive. ---- McAlree one of the leading internet security providers specialising in computer protection software have just discovered the largest series of cyber attacks in its history. It announced that 72 organisations had their networks intruded upon by a single, unnamed “state actor” over the past five years.

The organisations include UN, as well as the governments of the US, Taiwan, India, South Korea, Vietnam and Canada.

McAfee’s vice-president stated “This is the biggest transfer of wealth in terms of intellectual property in history. The scale at which this is occurring is really, really frightening” but has refused to say which ‘state actor’ was responsible for the hacking neither does he explain why it took so long to recognise the attacks had taken place. It was only after they began checking data obtained during a 2009 investigation into security breaches at defence companies did they discovered the range and seriousness of the operation.

All the signs indicate the attacks may have originated from China. What is clear is the sophistication with which the state can monitor, steal and collect information without anybody’s knowledge.

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