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DrFPGA
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Not only the NSA...
DrFPGA   3/27/2014 12:11:38 PM
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Unfortunately many networks are vulnerable to attackers with much less 'know-how' than the NSA.

Just check out recent reports on attacks on low-cost routers and even printers and conference call systems that show how vulnerable many corporate networks are...

https://www.mocana.com/blog/2014/03/04/three-hundred-thousand-routers-hijacked/

 

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Cold War redux
LarryM99   3/27/2014 12:22:02 PM
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This is smelling more and more like the Cold War all over again. Massive suspicion, emphasis on cloak-and-daggar tactics, and a new round of spy toys that would make Q proud. The really sad thing is that the techniques that the NSA is pioneering here will feed into the next generation of malware that we will be cleaning out of our systems over the next few years. Is this the R&D that we want our tax dollars to be sponsoring?

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Re: Cold War redux
Susan Rambo   3/27/2014 12:51:39 PM
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Yes, it feels like the Cold War. NSA putting backdoors in Huawei is going too far. US no longer has higher moral ground if we stoop to this.

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Re: Cold War redux
junko.yoshida   3/27/2014 12:54:55 PM
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A lot of innuendos and suspicions. It's hard to wrap my head around it.

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Re: Cold War redux
junko.yoshida   3/27/2014 12:57:04 PM
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Then again, with no obvious whistle blowers on the Chinese side, it's hard to say what China is actually doing...

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Re: Cold War redux
Susan Rambo   3/27/2014 1:12:44 PM
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True that. We don't know if anything really happened.

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pseudoid   3/27/2014 1:13:13 PM
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@junko.yashida >> Yes, my head hurts too!  These ongoing "Bit-Wars" are just going to continue escalating with no stop in sight.  And they cannot and should not and will not stop.  "Net Neutrality" issues are such small potatoes compared with these ongoing events.  Some mornings, I feel like Snowden was a public hero, but other mornings I wake up thinking that he may be pushing the envelop a bit too far.  Even if I could only use 10% of my brain power to make sense out of the current world around us, buying aspirin by the crate-full is not going to stop the thumping inside my cranial! Argh!

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Re: Cold War redux
junko.yoshida   3/27/2014 1:28:11 PM
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@pseudoid, say no more. I am with you all the way. In case of Snowdon, I actually don't kno what to think of him. 

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wilber_xbox   3/27/2014 1:31:46 PM
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@Junko, none of the governments is going to come out with truth especially when the stakes are high. There are news about US spying on others vice versa (however small or large). This is truely cold war days revisited with the only difference is that China is slowly replacing Russia.

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LarryM99   3/27/2014 1:35:39 PM
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Actually, I'm pretty confident that the China is not strictly the innocent victim here. There is a very comprehensive report at http://intelreport.mandiant.com/ that details what has been coming from that side. The point is that more effort needs to be expended in terms of defense from these kinds of intrusions rather than inventing new ones. As Susan pointed out, these kinds of exploits make it hard to lecture authoritatively on morality.

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