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[NYT] Hackers in China Attacked The Times for Last 4 Months

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For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters and other employees.

After surreptitiously tracking the intruders to study their movements and help erect better defenses to block them, The Times and computer security experts have expelled the attackers and kept them from breaking back in.

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China.... rolleyes.gif

Good news, at least it wasn't Russians!

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After surreptitiously tracking the intruders to study their movements and help erect better defenses to block them, The Times and computer security experts have expelled the attackers and kept them from breaking back in.

so they let them snoop around in their network and then fixed the problem?? thats not right...
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So does the US's stance on getting hacked extend to corporations in the US? Or is it just federal assets?

Man, I'm just waiting for one of these hacking events to spark a world war, and I'm not very excited about the thought.
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How come the US gets hacked by other nations so easily? What kind of security are we using on our computers these days that makes it this easy for other countries to hack us?
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How come the US gets hacked by other nations so easily? What kind of security are we using on our computers these days that makes it this easy for other countries to hack us?

Well, you only think it's a lot because it's the only attacks that you read about. Let's not forget the most advanced break in in Iran, with Stuxnet. That was definitely related to the US and its allies. Or how about the Sun's wiretapping and hacking of email accounts in the UK?

It happens everywhere, everyday. It's not that the US is defenseless, we're just more interesting than most other places, and it's the only reports that our media talks about. Go look at foreign news sites and there's just as many elsewhere.
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How come the US gets hacked by other nations so easily? What kind of security are we using on our computers these days that makes it this easy for other countries to hack us?

It's not an issue of security on computers.... it's security of an organization. It's hard.... very very very hard.

i.e. Monitoring what every employee does.... monitoring data in, out, and inside network.... trying to figure out what's normal...

You could make a super secure network, but it would require specifications, analysis, and exceptions for every bit of network traffic. You would have to dedicated 20-30% of staff to security and everything would take days to weeks to do. That's the issue with security.... more security = less usability.
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It's not an issue of security on computers.... it's security of an organization. It's hard.... very very very hard.

i.e. Monitoring what every employee does.... monitoring data in, out, and inside network.... trying to figure out what's normal...

You could make a super secure network, but it would require specifications, analysis, and exceptions for every bit of network traffic. You would have to dedicated 20-30% of staff to security and everything would take days to weeks to do. That's the issue with security.... more security = less usability.

And beyond that, users resent strict security, which in turn makes them resent the IT department, which makes them resent the people in it, and on and on and on...

I feel like you always end up with a boss who wants you to bypass security for just them because it's a nuisance. Without fail, they are always the first infected. rolleyes.gif
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so they let them snoop around in their network and then fixed the problem?? thats not right...

If someone already is in your network for months.... no real gain in kicking them out immediately. You get very useful data from monitoring them and it takes time to back track through the proxies.


Just set up Honeypots to waste their time and spread misinformation. Counter-intelligence FTW.
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