[ISN] The Chinese Way of Hacking

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2011 02:15:18 -0700 (MST)

By Neal UngerleiderWed
Fast Company
July 13, 2011

Cyberwarfare in 2011 is an odd beast. Many Western governments 
reportedly actively monitor rivals and engage in online sabotage, while 
countries ranging from Israel to Iran to India also engage in 
cyberwarfare programs of their own. But it's attacks against the 
American government and commercial websites such as Google that grab 

As foreign governments learn the ease of obtaining intelligence online 
and foreign corporations continue to get the edge on their competitors 
through massive online attacks, future hacker efforts will only become 
more ambitious. One of the countries where many of these civilian and 
military attacks reportedly originate is China.

Fast Company recently spoke with Adam Segal, the Ira A. Lipman senior 
fellow for counterterrorism and national security issues at the Council 
on Foreign Relations, about bored Chinese teenagers, the Chinese way of 
hacking, India's rush to create a patriotic hacker corps, and much more.

FAST COMPANY: Could you give a short rundown of China's suspected role 
in cyberespionage of both governments and corporations?

ADAM SEGAL: A number of fairly well-publicized attacks on U.S. 
governments and corporate interests with codenames like “Titan Rain” 
have taken place. In many cases, attribution to China is fairly 
speculative. In the Google case, it was supposedly traced back by IP 
address but in many cases it's fairly suspect. But they are motivated 
primarily by espionage reasons--both military and industrial--and also 
in some cases, by preparing the battlefield. Looking at potential 
targets that would be used in a military scenario in case there was, in 
fact, conflict.


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