[ISN] US hypocrisy in China cyberwar says expert

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 19 May 2010 00:02:38 -0500 (CDT)

By Karen Dearne
Australian IT
May 18, 2010

THE recent China-US "cyberwar" exposed American hypocrisy on the issues 
of government surveillance and censorship, according to a US-based 
expert on security system design.

"Why is the country with the best technology for online surveillance of 
its citizens' communications taking other nations to task over 
censorship and free speech?" Mr Ranum, chief security officer of Tenable 
Network Security, challenged a packed forum at AusCERT 2010.

"For years, the US has embraced portions of the hacker community into 
our labs to build cyber-weapons, and there's government funding 
connections between our offensive weapons writers and our defensive 
weapons writers.

"We own the search engines everybody uses, and the incredibly valuable 
data they produce.

"So it's bizarre that in the recent exchange of accusations over China 
targeting dissident supporters of the Dalai Lama, no country asked the 
US to rein in its own cyber-hackers."


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