Sunday, December 09, 2007

THE CHINEE ARE COMING, THE CHINEE ARE COMING: I felt them hit my head

Indeed Grasshopper, the Chinee soul is everywhere, from the bowl of humble dogfood to the tubes of light we call the internets. -- Master Po

"A cyber attack reported last week by one of the federal government’s nuclear weapons laboratories may have originated in China, according to a confidential memorandum distributed Wednesday to public and private security officials by the Department of Homeland Security," reported John Markoff at the New York Times today.

"Security researchers said the memorandum, which was obtained by The New York Times from an executive at a private company, included a list of Web and Internet addresses that were linked to locations in China. However, they noted that such links did not prove that the Chinese government or Chinese citizens were involved in the attacks. In the past, intruders have compromised computers in China and then used them to disguise their true location."

Long-time cynics observers of the world of computer security know this is how news of cyber-attacks on the US always starts. Someone at a computer security company, hoping to get their name and their company into a newspaper, leaks material on so-called cyberwars happening under our noses. Creeping ever closer, the nefarious Chinese threaten and menace ... causing a quick turn of the page to the "Arts" section.

Uggh, glad that was short.

We learned to ignore it all some time ago and even to make fun of it at VMYTHS.COM where the Chinese were regularly in the computer press so much as the culprits behind cyberwar we made a joke of it, referring to them as "the Chinee."

We can review the menace posed by the righteous striking fists of Chinee cyberwarrriors here and here.

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