"COMPUTER hackers based in China have launched sustained attacks on the computers of a US Commerce Department technology export office, a department official said overnight.Ok - so this is interesting for a variety of reasons - i'm not sure how connected they are. Firstly, this is from Murdoch's respectable broadsheet in australia. secondly, the latest installment of my interview with Verboud talks about Perle working for China. Thirdly, the State Dept was trying to install 16,000 computers from China? Fourthly:
Chinese-based hackers, especially in the Chinese province of Guangdong, have mounted systematic efforts to penetrate US government and industry computer networks in order to access secret information, according to computer security experts.
The experts and some US lawmakers believe the attacks are sanctioned by Chinese government agencies.
The attacks on the Commerce Department have been so persistent that the affected office, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), has been forced to replace hundreds of computers and set up a new computer system.
The bureau's work is sensitive because it supervises US exports of software and technology for commercial and military uses, as well as commodities.
Department officials are concerned about the hacking attacks because the bureau retains sensitive commercial and economic information on US exporters as well as data related to law enforcement records.
In May, the US government, citing a potential security risk, stopped plans by the State Department to install 16,000 computers manufactured by the Chinese firm Lenovo.
The government squashed the deal with Lenovo after US lawmakers raised opposition to the plan on national security grounds."
" The bureau's work is sensitive because it supervises US exports of software and technology for commercial and military uses"Fifthly, we know that one of Perle's gigs is fabricating false end-user-certificates for military technology. Sixthly, we know via a bunch of folks that one of the games that these people play is installing moles in the FBI and nuclear labs and other such places.