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Chinese Hack New York Times 116

Rick Zeman writes "According to a headline article in the New York Times, they admit to being hacked by the Chinese, and covers the efforts of Mandiant to investigate, and then to eradicate their custom Advanced Persistent Threats (APT). This was alleged to be in reaction to an article which details the sleazy business dealings of the family of Wen Jiabao, China's newest Prime Minister. China's Ministry of National Defense said in denial, 'Chinese laws prohibit any action including hacking that damages Internet security.'" Update: 01/31 15:00 GMT by T : The Times used Symanetic's suite of malware protection software; Symantec has issued a statement that could be taken as slightly snippy about its role in (not) preventing the spyware from taking hold.
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Chinese Hack New York Times

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  • Re:Must be bullshit (Score:4, Interesting)

    by sohmc ( 595388 ) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @09:57AM (#42750025) Journal

    I'm glad to hear I'm not the only person to do this. I block the entire country of China. Their hacking attempts outnumbered legit requests by a factor of 50 to 1.

    Why doesn't the great firewall of China work the other way around?

  • by sasparillascott ( 1267058 ) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @11:55AM (#42751165)
    Symentec, who's software didn't identify but one of the 45 pieces of malware installed, tried to imply it was the NY Times fault, saying the anti-virus isn't enough (although once such stuff is installed the antivirus should be able to find and eliminate it...that's what they sell it for, right?) - I wonder if Symentec's software can identify all or even most of the malware now, yet? The average user is just so far out in the woods, its obvious most of the anti-malware software (even the biggies like Symentec) are not remotely successful at catching or preventing such attacks (since they obviously won't just be used by the Chinese govt hackers forever).

I've noticed several design suggestions in your code.