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Write about China and you can expect to be hacked

Washington Post BuildingAt least if you write about Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao

The morning edition of my Washington Post claims Chinese hackers penetrated its computer systems as early as 2008 or 2009. Security precautions were implemented by the Post late in 2011 by its cybersecurity contractor, Mandiant.

This follows reports by the New York Times  (January 30) that it, and other journalism sites, had been penetrated. The Wall Street Journal seems to have been one of them as reported 1 day later.

In the murky world of proxies and ghost IP addresses, there is little hard proof that these attacks were sourced in China, and indeed may have the backing of the government.

It seems that journalists writing reports on Chinese corruption or other unpleasant facts and might have had contact with Chinese sources were targeted for these contact/source names and email addresses.

One target was the NYT report on the fabulous wealth of Wen Jiabao and his family (October 25, 2012), reported to be in the billions.

While no “fingerprints” can be found in cyberspace, skilled forensic research has found some tell-tale characteristic in coding and trails to the control network of the hacking operation indicates they are located in China. This is denied shrilly by Chinese sources.

Russell Imrie is a Native American resident of the Washington DC area and blogs as supTweet (tech, public policy) and mediaseentoo (books, film) and Tweets as @tweedyBard

About suptweet

...is an independent content & media consultant, semiotic contortionist and American Indian blogger with 20 + years on the web, hand code, graphics, video, early user, I'll help


5 thoughts on “Write about China and you can expect to be hacked

  1. Reblogged this on middlekingdom1of10boyz and commented:
    Sometimes I wonder if my writing disappeared would anyone even notice?


    Posted by 1of10boyz | February 6, 2013, 7:38 pm


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