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Lumension Comments On Chinese Web Hack Report

Lumension Security : 19 November, 2010  (Technical Article)
Web hack illustrates the need for protection of data in transit through encryption as well as static according to Lumension
China is under fire following a report by the US-China Economic and Security review commission, which claims that it hijacked a huge chunk of Internet traffic in April 2009.

Pat Clawson, CEO at Lumension commented: "Political espionage has existed for centuries. However, it is when governments get actively involved in the theft and manipulation of corporate data as well that people get angry. The redirection of traffic isn't just political espionage, the inclusion of data from Dell, IBM, Microsoft and Yahoo raises concerns around corporate espionage.

"Traditional espionage tends to be conducted more discretely, but increasingly public cyber attacks are bringing the issue into public consciousness. In a digital age, it can be like airing your dirty laundry in public.

"Information is a critical asset for Government and organisations alike, and the protection of that information is becoming more difficult as new techniques are developed to extract information. It is important that both parties work together to share intelligence against the latest threats and develop new ways to protect highly sensitive information.

"The encryption of sensitive data should be a given before it can be approved to travel. Equally, if Government organisations are to catch up with cyber attacks, new ways of protecting electronic communication must be adopted. For highly critical infrastructures, security defences need to only allow the known good into that organisation. Malware and unwanted or unlicensed software needs to be prevented from executing on a network - ensuring that we can keep the bad guys out."
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