Wednesday, September 12, 2007

People in Glass Countries Should not Throw Hackers

As a good friend of mine today said, "Oh, the tears of the wounded."
A senior Chinese official today "accused foreign intelligence agencies of causing "massive and shocking" damage to China by hacking into computers to ferret out political, military and scientific secrets." See Washington Post article here.
Of all the countries...puhlease. The country that defined nation-state internet espionage? The country of origin for hacker groups that best utilize targeted zero-day attacks against Microsoft products? The country of origin for IP blocks bloating firewall and IDS logs that I have reviewed at regular intervals for different businesses and interests for years? China, China, China.
And yet, "when the reports about Chinese hacking surfaced early this month, the Chinese Foreign Ministry roundly denied them, saying China would never resort to such tactics."
Right. Here's a reality check: everyone does it. "Most advanced militaries, as part of their effort to gain the ability to protect their own computer systems and disable those of adversaries, are believed to have an active information warfare program."
Welcome to the modern age of warfare and espionage.
People in glass countries should not throw hackers.

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Spyware mill Zango strikes out...again

In their relentless pursuit of legitimacy, Zango had sued Kaspersky Lab "to force the company to reclassify Zango's programs as "non-threatening" and to prevent Kaspersky's security software from blocking Zango's programs."

Zango just doesn't get it. The simple fact that everything Zango "offers" is spyware is indisputable. Why can't they just embrace reality? It's very much like Darl McBride and SCO's claim that they "own" Linux. Pure twaddle. That Zango might actually have a legitimate software offering is pure twaddle.

So, when "the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled in favor of Kaspersky Lab, granting the security company immunity from liability in a suit filed by Zango" the Best Damn Spyware Company swung and missed again. I recall chuckling for hours when Zango founder Daniel Todd decided to step down last month, and Zango tried to spin it like it was news, and that Todd's contributions to Internet society were extraordinary. Oh, the illusions of grandeur. All the rebranding, repositioning, and regurgitating in the world won't change the facts: Zango is a spyware company.
And I have to look at them everyday, right across I90.

Quoth Bill the Cat..."Thbbbt!"

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