Friday, January 22, 2010

Clinton Pushes Cyber-security in Wake of Google Attacks

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls for countries to cooperate in defending against cyber-attacks, but remains cautious in her comments regarding the recent attacks reported by Google.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a speech Jan. 21 took a strong stance in favor of promoting cyber-security partnerships and ending Internet censorship, but stopped short of using harsh language against China in connection with the recent cyber-attacks reported by Google.

China has been at the center of accusations of attacks on Google, Adobe Systems and more than 30 other enterprises. Direct evidence of government involvement in the attacks has been lacking—however, systems used by the attackers were linked to China and the main Trojan used in the attacks included code with a cyclic redundancy check originating in China as well "We have identified that systems in Taiwan were involved, as were systems in the United States," said Dave Marcus, director of security research at McAfee's Avert Labs. "That said, cyber-espionage and state sponsored cyber-attacks are nothing new and we have said in the past that China is one of the nation states that conducts such activities, as does the United States and other countries."

Read the entire eWeek article here.

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