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[News] [Rival] Pentagon PWn3d by China, Are Windows Viruses to Blame?

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Pentagon PWn3d by China, Are Windows Viruses to Blame?
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2007 12:59:59 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Chinese military hacked into Pentagon

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| The Chinese military hacked into a Pentagon computer network in June in the 
| most successful cyber attack on the US defence department, say American ­
| officials.  


What the refereces below? The Estalishment has known for quite some time about
its Achilles heel -- Windows.


'ed: "no comment" from Beijing. What do they expect?? It would be pretty funny
if the PLA fessed up and went "ya, neener, we opwnzored your secdefs machine!


China Crafts Cyberweapons

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| The Defense Department reports China is building cyberwarfare
| units and developing viruses.


German constitutional protection authorities foresee "secret service
procurement offensive" 

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| ...if Chinese attackers really had penetrated government computers, this 
| would pose a risk even if no confidential data was involved. "It is possible 
| to find out many things in this way - appointments, responsibilities, who is 
| working  on what - this is the first step in carrying out classical 
| espionage," said  Möller.     


Politicians want to be informed on Chinese Trojan attacks

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| Ruprecht Polenz (CDU), chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, 
| said: "If there is clear evidence that the Chinese state is responsible for 
| these attacks, we cannot let the matter rest." According to a Spiegel report, 
| the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution assumes that 
| experts of the Chinese army have conducted the online espionage attacks 
| against the Federal Chancellery, the ministry of economics, the ministry of 
| research and also the ministry of foreign affairs.      


Estonia suspects Kremlin in Web attacks

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| He said more than 1 million computers worldwide have been used in
| recent weeks to attack Estonian government and business Web sites
| since a dispute arose with Moscow over Estonia's moving of a
| Soviet-era war memorial from downtown Tallinn.


U.S. cyber counterattack: Bomb 'em one way or the other

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| If the United States found itself under a major cyberattack aimed
| at undermining the natio's critical information infrastructure,
| the Department of Defense is prepared, based on the authority of
| the president, to launch a cyber counterattack or an actual 
| bombing of an attack source.


US plans for cyber attack revealed


Homeland Security sees cyberthreats on the rise

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| To test the nation's response to a cyberattack, the Department
| of Homeland Security plans to hold another major exercise,
| called Cyberstorm II, in March 2008, Garcia said. A first
| such exercise happened early last year.


Zombie botnets attack global DNS servers

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| Hackers launched a sustained attack last night against key root servers
| which form the backbone of the internet.
| Security firm Sophos said that botnets of zombie PCs bombarded the
| internet's domain name system (DNS) servers with traffic.
| "These zombie computers could have brought the web to its knees,"
| said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.


Perspective:  Microsoft security--no more second chances?

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| CNET News.com's Charles Cooper says the software maker is running out
| of excuses for a history of poor security.

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| As if Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff didn't have enough on
| his plate.
| Not only has he had to deal with Katrina and Osama. Now he's also got to
| whip Steve Ballmer and the crew at Microsoft into shape. If past is
| prologue, that last task may be the most daunting of all.


Botnet 'pandemic' threatens to strangle the net

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| Cerf estimated that between 100 million and 150 million of the
|                             ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| 600 million PCs on the internet are under the control of hackers,
|                                     ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| the BBC reports. "Despite all that, the net is still working,
| which is pretty amazing. It's pretty resilient," he said.


EveryDNS, OpenDNS Under Botnet DDoS Attack

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| The last time the Web mob (spammers and phishers using botnets)
| decided to go after a security service, Blue Security was forced
| to fold and collateral damage extended to several businesses,
| including Six Apart.


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