Friday, February 01, 2013

And the Washington Post

Chinese hackers suspected in attack on The Post’s computers - The Washington Post:

'via Blog this'

It looks like the Washington Post may have also been hit by Chinese hackers looking for journalists' notes pertaining to interviews with Chinese dissidents and activists. One of the most interesting items in the article is the possibility that the Post may have turned over one of it's servers to the NSA for forensics purposes. There's little to say if that's true or not, but if it happened, it would be a significant development. Traditionally the media companies in the US have gone to great lengths to shield their sources and data from government scrutiny, as part and parcel of maintaining journalistic independence.


It looks like the the current wave of cyberattacks against the US banking sector continues, with the Bank of America experiencing extended outages. I'd be surprised if these attacks stop anytime soon. With the US economy in its current fragile state, and with banks having been allowed to consolidate into too-big-to-fail institutions, the banking sector represents a target of opportunity where a single point of failure could generate significant economic damage. Given the number of regimes like Iran's that have suffered economic losses from US sanctions, it's hard to imagine that they aren't seeking to retaliate.

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