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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Will PRC shut down the Shadow Network?

Some better news sources to read on the latest report of Cyber Espionage on Dalai Lama and others include:

The Science Daily gave a better overall summary on the report "Shadows in the Cloud: An investigation into cyber espionage 2.0." as the source of news came from the University of Toronto.

The news from the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto provided all the related links.

The news from the NY Times gave a good overall picture of the scope of the operation.

And many interesting reader comments from the newspaper where the university is based, the Toronto Star, include the following comments:

No one in China can run an operation this big....
Who else is so interested in the Dalai Lama?

Denial of involvement is the PRC government’s first reaction to the latest report on cyber hacking by its “citizens”.  Late Tuesday, Beijing strongly denied any government role in the cyber attacks calling them "groundless," according to Xinhua, the official state-run news agency.

But according to the above NY Times news:

The People’s Liberation Army also operates a technical reconnaissance bureau in Chengdu (my note: the city is China’s IT and national defense R&D center), and helps finance the university’s research on computer network defense.

In a society like China where info is strictly-controlled, who else can have a large-scale cyber operation without the consent and the capital of the Chinese government?  Who knows?

I hope the UN, which is supposed to promote world peace, will act quickly to hold a conference on stopping the cyber-hacking crime and protect the privacy of innocent citizens of the world who entrust their personal data to organizations, governments, and businesses that may fall victims of cyber hacking.

Denial of involvement by Chinese government does no help; however, preventing similar operations from happening again will at least show some sincerity for China to be a responsible stakeholder of global governance.

Related reading:

Project Syndicate: Will China Lead?

1 comment:

dennis said...

answer to the heading - No, "unless the sun rises from the west", to use a taiwanese saying

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