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    Seems like the next cold war will be fought online, especially now as large corporations have just as much power and influence as nation states. Politics and business are virtually inseperable or at best, very much intertwined, to an extent that we have not seen before.

    With the recent stuxnet worm targetting Iranian nuclear facilities, the wikileaks hacks revealing so much, and admission by some governments that their power infrastructure is vulnerable to attack, I thought we might need a thread dedicated to following this all unfold.

    I'm sure we are only seeing the beginning of this.

    So, from the BBC, referencing wikileaks latest, something that most of us had guessed anyway.

    China leadership 'orchestrated Google hacking'

    Google left the mainland after refusing China's demand to censor its searches.

    Senior Chinese figures were behind the hacking of Google earlier this year which forced the search engine to quit the country, leaked US cables suggest.

    One cable, released by whistle-blowing site Wikileaks, cites a "well-placed" contact as saying the action against Google was "100% political".

    A politburo member is said to have been angered after Googling his name and finding critical comments online.

    The cable says it is unclear whether China's top leaders were involved.

    Other cables show Beijing has been "extremely concerned" about the use of high-resolution satellite imagery on Google's mapping software, Google Earth.

    In January, Google said it had been subjected to a "sophisticated cyber attack originating from China" - it said the e-mail accounts of human rights activists were among those hacked.

    In the ensuing row over internet censorship, Google abandoned mainland China and moved its Chinese-language operations to Hong Kong.

    The company did not say who it thought was responsible but the cables, released by Wikileaks and published on the Guardian website, show the company had repeatedly raised concerns about the issue.

    'Forbidden fruit'

    The BBC's Nick Childs says the allegations contained in the cables will reinforce both the perception that the Chinese government is highly sensitive about the internet and suspicions that it was behind the hacking attacks on Google.

    One cable from the US embassyy in Beijing cites a "well-placed contact" as claiming "that the Chinese government coordinated the recent intrusions of Google systems".

    "According to our contact, the closely held operations were directed at the Politburo Standing Committee level," it says.

    The source, whose name is deleted from the text, told the US that the operations against Google were "100%" political in nature, not an attempt to reduce Google's influence in China in favour of domestic search engines, such as Baidu.

    But the writer of the cable notes that it is "unclear whether President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao were aware of these actions" before Google publicly announced its concerns.

    The cable also reports on alleged concern in the Chinese government that, by challenging official censorship of the internet, Google had made itself seem more appealing to Chinese net users and given the impression that the US and Google were working together "to undermine Chinese government controls of the internet".

    "All of a sudden, XXXXXXXXXXXX continued, Baidu looked like a boring state-owned enterprise while Google "seems very attractive, like the forbidden fruit," it says.

    In cable dated 18 May 2009, US diplomats quote a Chinese source as saying that "the root of the problem" was an unnamed member of the politburo standing committee who wanted Google to stop linking to its international site from its sanitised version, google.cn.

    The politician is said to have "recently discovered that Google's worldwide site is uncensored, and is capable of Chinese language searches and search results". He reportedly carried out a search for his own name and found sites personally critical of him.

    Google consistently refused to remove the link, citing its own anti-censorship principles, and eventually left the Chinese mainland.

    The cable says that while the US can neither confirm nor deny the allegations against Beijing, "the potential for continuing escalation by the Chinese, assuming Google sticks to its guns - and the likelihood of loud US Congressional and public outcry if it caves - suggest a high-level USG [US government] response may be in order".

    The following January, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged China to fully investigate the hacking allegations.

    "Countries or individuals that engage in cyber attacks should face consequences and international condemnation," she said.
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    attack spawns Twitter spamFix found for iPad e-mail 'flaw'Tech blog recovers after attack
    Millions of web users are being asked to reset their passwords as concerns spread over a major hacking attack.

    Yahoo, Twitter and LinkedIn have asked users to change their details, days after gossip site Gawker was hacked.

    Online game World of Warcraft, which has more than 12 million subscribers, has also asked some users to reset their passwords.

    Blizzard, the company behind the game, said it was an attempt to "minimise the effects" of the Gawker breach.

    Although thousands of Twitter accounts were compromised after the attack, there have been few other reports of damage directly linked to the breach.

    Many companies, however, have taken steps to identify users at risk and warn them before an exploit can take place. A spokesman for LinkedIn said it necessary to take "proactive security measures" to screen users thought to be in danger.

    Defence mode

    The attack on Gawker, which runs one of the world's most popular blog networks, was carried out over the weekend by an organisation calling itself Gnosis.

    The group - which says it was making a protest at the site's perceived "arrogance" - subsequently published account details of 1.3 million Gawker users online, including a significant number of passwords.

    Analysis of the breach has triggered a widespread defensive response because it emerged that many users had chosen common words and codes that left them wide open to abuse.

    Tips for keeping your password safeNever use the same password across lots of different websitesDo not use a word that you - or a hacker - could find in the dictionary: these are susceptible to so-called 'brute force' attacksTry to include some digits and special characters to add a layer of complexity that will make life difficult for a criminalPick a phrase or mnemonic that helps you remember your passwordYou can avoid having to remember passwords altogether by using a password manager program. There are many available to download online
    Documents show that the most popular password among Gawker users was "123456", followed by "password" and "12345678".

    Other common terms, used by hundreds of people, included "monkey", "qwerty" and "consumer".

    Although security experts warn against the use of passwords that are easy to guess, research suggests such behaviour is increasingly common online.

    According to a study by computer security company Sophos, 33% of people admitted using the same password for every single website they visit.

    A further 48% said they used just a handful of different codes, while just one in five said they never used the same password twice.

    The firm's Graham Cluley said that the domino effect evident among web companies exposed a number of significant issues.

    While it was important to remind users that their passwords should be changed regularly, he said, the warnings sent out to users did not always address the central issue of poor password choices.

    "The bad guys already have databases of the most common passwords, and they look a lot like this," he said.

    "It's no bad thing to try and help, but websites should give users more information about how to create a secure password."
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    Graeme my brother, to say its getting ugly is to offer a ridiculously trite cliche but damn, its getting ugly. It seems all the pieces are being put in place. Perhaps Orwell was just off by 100 years or so.
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    China is a dictatorship, what do you expect?

    They didn't want Google in there, boom, Google out, Baidu in.

    Not sure why this surprises anyone. I would have actually been more surprised if they let Google keep operating.
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    Report: U.S.-Israel Tested Worm Linked to Iran Atom Woes

    WASHINGTON -- Israel has tested a computer worm believed to have sabotaged Iran's nuclear centrifuges and slowed its ability to develop an atomic weapon, The New York Times reported Saturday.

    In what the Times described as a joint Israeli-U.S. effort to undermine Iran's nuclear ambitions, it said the tests of the destructive Stuxnet worm had occurred over the past two years at the heavily guarded Dimona complex in the Negev desert.

    Unidentified intelligence and military experts familiar with Dimona said Israel had spun centrifuges virtually identical to those at Iran's Natanz facility, where Iranian scientists are struggling to enrich uranium.

    Iran's centrifuges have been plagued by breakdowns since a rapid expansion of enrichment in 2007 and 2008, and security experts have speculated its nuclear program may have been targeted in a state-backed attack using Stuxnet.

    In November, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that malicious software had created "problems" in some of Iran's uranium enrichment centrifuges, although he said the problems had been resolved.

    The Times said the worm was the most sophisticated cyber-weapon ever deployed and appeared to have been the biggest factor in setting back Iran's nuclear march. Its sources said it caused the centrifuges to spin wildly out of control and that a fifth of them had been wiped out.

    U.S. and Israeli officials refused to comment officially on the worm, the newspaper said.



    Jan. 15: A view of Iran's heavy water nuclear facilities is seen, near the central city of Arak.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wruff_ajax View Post
    Report: U.S.-Israel Tested Worm Linked to Iran Atom Woes

    WASHINGTON -- Israel has tested a computer worm believed to have sabotaged Iran's nuclear centrifuges and slowed its ability to develop an atomic weapon, The New York Times reported Saturday.

    In what the Times described as a joint Israeli-U.S. effort to undermine Iran's nuclear ambitions, it said the tests of the destructive Stuxnet worm had occurred over the past two years at the heavily guarded Dimona complex in the Negev desert.

    Unidentified intelligence and military experts familiar with Dimona said Israel had spun centrifuges virtually identical to those at Iran's Natanz facility, where Iranian scientists are struggling to enrich uranium.

    Iran's centrifuges have been plagued by breakdowns since a rapid expansion of enrichment in 2007 and 2008, and security experts have speculated its nuclear program may have been targeted in a state-backed attack using Stuxnet.

    In November, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that malicious software had created "problems" in some of Iran's uranium enrichment centrifuges, although he said the problems had been resolved.

    The Times said the worm was the most sophisticated cyber-weapon ever deployed and appeared to have been the biggest factor in setting back Iran's nuclear march. Its sources said it caused the centrifuges to spin wildly out of control and that a fifth of them had been wiped out.

    U.S. and Israeli officials refused to comment officially on the worm, the newspaper said.



    Jan. 15: A view of Iran's heavy water nuclear facilities is seen, near the central city of Arak.


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