China Phished European Diplomats By Offering Nude Carla Bruni Pics

Carla Bruni
The New York Times reports that the foreign ministries of the Czech Republic, Portugal, Bulgaria, Latvia and Hungary have been hacked by the Chinese ("traced to Chinese hackers"). As we've said before, however, "hacked," as used in popular media, is an incredibly broad term meant to encompass a wide variety of malicious online activity, when in fact its actual connotation is much narrower, signifying a sort organized, targeted attack against an individual or institution. In our digital age, we'd do well to employ more specific words when the occasion calls for it -- "phishing," for instance, which is what appears to have happened with the above European countries.

Anonymous’s Attempt To Hack North Korea Failed Sadly

Anonymous tries to hack North Korea
North Korea Tech and Tech in Asia have a wonderful story about the perils of hacking -- you can end up hooking the wrong fish. On June 25 -- the anniversary of the Korean War -- affiliates of Anonymous sought to take down North Korea websites, but wound up spraying fire at friends. "Confusion at start of attack," writes North Korea Tech:

Edward Snowden Will Stay In Hong Kong Because He Has “Faith In HK’s Rule Of Law,” Talks More About US Hacking

Edward Snowden political asylum Snia Weibo pic
Edward Snowden sat down with the South China Morning Post yesterday, causing the editors of that Hong Kong-based paper to somewhat lose their minds with SCOOP FEVER. (Which article do I link to? The 3:31 am one that has EXCLUSIVE splashed across the headline -- even though Snowden's spoken with several media outlets already -- or the one from 19 minutes later, or the one from 7:37 am on the same subject? There's another version from earlier, 12:52 am.)

Scrutinizing The Mandiant Report: Taking A Hard Look At What It Proves And, More Importantly, What It Doesn’t

China hacking bogeyman Mandiant
Groupthink is an amazing thing. The publicity surrounding attacks on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Facebook, Apple, et al. proves nothing except the saw about propaganda: if you say something often enough, it becomes truth. A quick scan through English-language China news reveals that on the basis of one report, it... Read more »

Apple And Facebook Report Being Hacked, Maybe (Or Maybe Not) By The Chinese

Chinese hackers
On the heels of Mandiant’s eye-opening report on alleged Chinese hacking under the auspices of the People’s Liberation Army, Facebook and Apple have said they too — like literally everyone else — have been “hacked.” Some Apple employees reportedly dipped their fingers into cyber traps designed to infect their computers with malicious software. “The same software,... Read more »

US Security Firm Claims Shadowy Chinese Hacking Organization Has “Compromised” 141 Companies Since 2006

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The People’s Liberation Army may have been funding a massive group of Chinese hackers since 2006, according to a 74-page report by the US-based security firm Mandiant. Reading like the backpage of a Michael Crichton novel, the report details how a large hacking group, APT1, based in the Pudong district of Shanghai has been responsible for hundreds of... Read more »

In New Book, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Says China’s Hacking Culture Could Give It A Strategic Advantage

Eric Schmidt
Google chairman Eric Schmidt has a new book ready to debut in April, The Digital Age, co-written by Jared Cohen, formerly of the State Department. As the Wall Street Journal puts it succinctly, the book is clear about one thing: “China is the most dangerous superpower on Earth.” Specifically, Schmidt writes that China’s hacking culture —... Read more »

The Wall Street Journal is reporting it got hacked by the Chinese, too

The East is Read
Anything the New York Times can do, the Wall Street Journal can do better. Reporting: The Wall Street Journal said Thursday that its computer systems had been infiltrated by Chinese hackers for the apparent purpose of monitoring the newspaper’s China coverage. If you’re not being hacked and monitored by the Chinese, you’re just not important... Read more »

Snitches Get Stitches: Chinese Hackers Break Into The New York Times’s Network To Fish Out Their Sources

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Chinese hackers, possibly using phishing software, reportedly broke into the New York Times's computer network four months ago and installed malware that enabled them to access the personal computers of 53 employees. All indications are that the attack is a response to the paper's investigation, led by Shanghai bureau chief David Barboza, into premier Wen Jiabao's family fortunes. The NY Times says its computers were compromised as far back as September 13, just as they were wrapping up reporting for the Wen piece, which was published on October 25.

Everyone’s Twitter Account Is Being Hacked In China

China Twitter
China Digital Times has noticed something very strange happening on Twitter: several high-profile China watchers have reported receiving warnings about attacks on their accounts. Which shadowy cyber prankster would dare try such a thing? Or is this the work of a more sinister agent of the People’s Republic branch of Anonymous? It seems wrong to... Read more »

Anonymous: #GFW will be dead soon

Is the Great Firewall doomed?
Confession time: I’m petrified of Anonymous. As someone who is hopelessly clumsy when it comes to web hosting and IT, I know how easy it can be for an experienced hacker to ruin my day. But then again, I have nothing to hide. I — unlike Fang Binxing — did not engineer a “Great Firewall”... Read more »