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March 29, 2009

Cyber Spy Network Found

Filed under: Cybersecurity,General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on March 29, 2009

The Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto has found evidence of a coordinated cyber-espionage effort that has infiltrated at least 1295 computers in 103 countries.   The report, released on Sunday afternoon, alledges official Chinese involvement.   The report was the subject of a front page story in the Sunday New York Times.

The finding tends to confirm observations regarding information and cyber warfare capabilities included in the recent DOD study on China’s military power.

Last week the White House gave lawmakers an update on the sixty day review of cybersecurity currently underway.

UPDATE: The Chinese government denies cyber-espionage charges, says China Daily.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

March 30, 2009 @ 8:49 am

Reread over the weekend the report issued in fall 1997 by the President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (sometimes called the “Marsh Commission” and the original Executive Branch fix PD-63 (May 1998). Absolutely remarkable on how little has been accomplished. Still haggling over how the costs of security fixes will be divided between governmental and private sector. No real attempts even when regulated entities to build resiliency from the ground up in technological advances or new technologies. First, Congress needs to re-establish the Office of Science and Technology Police and give it a CIP and Cyber Security arrow in its quiver. Then the WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY needs to make a major effort in this arena. Finally, a recapture tax from certain industries like the software industry should be enacted to help pay for all the security work necessary to pay for security in the “Commons” of the virtual world. Also China is getting away with virtual murder in the cyber arena and someone needs to add an element to US foreign policy that just as there is a need and necessity to protect human rights, one of these human rights is a safe cyber world.

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