Sunday, September 27, 2015

Another Day Another Chinese Military Hacker - What I am reading 9/27/2015

WSJ - Cyber Sleuths Track Hacker to China’s Military -

Mr. Ge doesn’t appear to fit the hacker stereotype. His published academic papers identify him as an expert in a nontechnical subject: Thai politics. Frequent posts on Chinese social media that researchers have linked to him show him to be a new father and avid bicyclist who drives a white Volkswagen Golf sedan and occasionally criticizes the government. 
But his activity elsewhere on the Internet links him to a Chinese hacker collective that attacks targets in an area of strategic interest to the U.S., according to the report by cybersecurity concern ThreatConnect and security consulting firm Defense Group Inc.
We hear this same basic story so often now that it's getting old.  Hack occurs investigation leads to Chinese Military.  China denies involvement.  US does nothing. Repeat.  I don't want a full on cyberwar but a couple fortuitous car accidents might not be a bad thing.

Foxtrot AlphaThe Time A Tanker Saved A Fighter That Was Falling Apart Over The Atlantic -
Amazingly, holding the connection, North Star began to actually tow Ghost’s Phantom for the final 160 miles to Gander, using nothing but the fueling boom.
Pretty cool story.  Most civilians don't realize it but things like this while not common are relatively commonplace in the military.  (i.e. They don't happen everyday but they happen often enough that everyone has an "Oh Shit" story)  Even at the best of times life in a line unit can be dangerous as hell.

The Register - So how do Google's super-smart security folk protect their data? -

One person who knows about the risks is Adam Langley. As a security engineer at Google, he makes key decisions about how your data is spread around the internet. He also has access to systems that would have hackers salivating.
So how does Adam make sure he's not taken for a ride? Not how you'd think. Speaking at a conference at CloudFlare headquarters in San Francisco, he outlined his strategy.
"So my passwords are randomly generated. There are a few sensitive ones that I have memorized, but the rest are in a password manager." And sharing data? He keeps it off his phone. "There is nothing too sensitive on my phone – I don't have corporate email on my phone for example. Which is actually quite nice."

Nothing really new, just reinforcement.

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Back to my inane rambling

NY Times - India Replaces China as Next Big Frontier for U.S. Tech Companies -

The Padachuri family’s love of technology helps explain why India and its 1.25 billion residents have become the hottest growth opportunity — the new China — for American Internet companies. Blocked from China itself or frustrated by the onerous demands of its government, companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter, as well as start-ups and investors, see India as the next best thing.
“They are looking at India, and they are thinking, ‘Five years ago, it was China, and I probably missed the boat there. Now I have a chance to actually do this,’” said Punit Soni, a former Google executive who was lured back to India recently to become the chief product officer of Flipkart, a Bangalore e-commerce start-up similar to Amazon.

I have been saying for years that India is where the money is going to be made.  China has a shrinking / aging population due to it's one child policy and an overly restrictive government and mostly closed marketplace.  India has some problems with government and market access but it's population is young and growing.  Kids, learn Hindi now.

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