Monday, September 03, 2007

Hacking the Gibson

The Chinese are certainly some l33t haxXors:

The Chinese military hacked into a Pentagon computer network in June in the most successful cyber attack on the US defence department, say American ­officials.

The Pentagon acknowledged shutting down part of a computer system serving the office of Robert Gates, defence secretary, but declined to say who it believed was behind the attack.

Current and former officials have told the Financial Times an internal investigation has revealed that the incursion came from the People’s Liberation Army.

One senior US official said the Pentagon had pinpointed the exact origins of the attack. Another person familiar with the event said there was a “very high level of confidence...trending towards total certainty” that the PLA was responsible. The defence ministry in Beijing declined to comment on Monday.

4GW comes in all sorts of flavors; this is just another. Would we be able to defeat an attack on our networks? If not, how would we function minus our networks? Good questions, and I'm not sure if they're being asked enough.

A smiley face sticker goes to the person who can reference the title, by the way.