China made the headlines last night in an article published by the New York Times stating that for the last four months Chinese hackers have been ‘infiltrating its computer systems’ and obtaining passwords of reporters. The New York Times also noted the timing of the attack and its possible link to an article recently published on the Chinese prime minister, Wen Jiabao, and his family’s ties to shady business dealings. While the Chinese government has publicly denied claims of a military backed attack, we think it’s pretty much safe to say it was.
Of course none of this is really news to those deep in the infosec community. The only reason we are hearing about this attack is because of China’s role as the current whipping boy and … well … the New York Times is a media company. Had the same attack happened to some mid-sized farm out west, you probably wouldn’t have hear anything about it. And that is the thing that concerns us. High-profile attacks like this one are just the tip of the iceberg; the ones we should really be concerned about are the thousands of undetected attacks from who knows where that occur every hour.
News for some… common knowledge for others. Perhaps the best thing about the New York Times article is that it continues to increase public awareness of information security and its continually growing importance in our world.
What do you think? Chinese hacking the New York Times more of the same or a new trend in high profile attacks? Let us know in the comments below. Today’s post pic is from Wired.co.uk.