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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Found: The PLA’s University of Hacking

Posted in China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Security Programs & Policies

Bloomberg Businessweek has a remarkable story about the identification of another Chinese hacker. It’s a long, tangled, and fascinating tale of good sleuthing by several researchers, but the trail ends with Zhang Changhe, a digital entrepreneur and teacher — at a People’s Liberation Army school that is suspected of training PLA hackers. In the denouement,… Continue Reading

A Soft Counterattack on Private Counterhacks

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Data Breach, Privacy Regulation, Security Programs & Policies

Herb Lin of the National Research Council has launched the first, soft counterattack on those who think victims of cyberespionage should have greater leeway to respond directly to intrusions. Herb always strives for some balance in his work, but it’s clear that he’s a skeptic, concluding “It is not clear that the use of offensive… Continue Reading

Up the Ladder We Go

Posted in China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Security Programs & Policies

Once again, Ellen Nakashima of The Washington Post has broken a cybersecurity story: A new intelligence assessment has concluded that the United States is the target of a massive, sustained cyber-espionage campaign that is threatening the country’s economic competitiveness, according to individuals familiar with the report. The National Intelligence Estimate identifies China as the country… Continue Reading