Friday, November 22, 2013

Chinese hackers spying on American cloud

With the National Security Agency spying on pretty much everyone inside and out of this country, we can't be too surprised, or offended, to find out that other countries are spying on us.
Besides, the cloud is such a tempting target.
According to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission's annual report to Congress, "strong evidence has emerged that the Chinese government is directing and executing a large-scale cyber espionage campaign against the United States."
The 465-page report goes on to explain that these practices "may present cybersecurity risks for U.S. users and providers of cloud computing services." China's willingness to combine commerce with spying "represents a potential espionage threat to foreign companies that might use cloud computing services…the Chinese government one day may be able to access data centers outside China through Chinese data centers."
The report also explains that "China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS), the country’s main foreign intelligence collection agency, is closely connected with the Chongqing Special Cloud Computing Zone." This relationship "represents a potential espionage threat to foreign companies that might use cloud computing services provided from the zone or base operations there."
Yet according to a Bloomberg article by Chris Strohm, "The report fails to cite any examples of the Chinese government using [cloud] technology in attacks."

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