Friday, May 30, 2008

physical access pwns you again...China +1

unconfirmed but completely believable:

"Government officials are not confirming a report that Chinese officials may have secretly copied the contents of a government laptop computer during a December visit to China by Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez.

Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez’s visit to China has raised security questions.

The Associated Press said an investigation into the suspected incident also involved whether China used the information to try to hack into Commerce computers.

The AP cited officials and industry experts as sources for the story, which said the surreptitious copying is believed to have occurred when a laptop belonging to someone in the U.S. trade delegation was left unattended.

When asked whether the Commerce Department is looking into the matter, spokesman Richard Mills said, “We take security seriously, and as we learn of concerns about security, we look into them.”

This kind of stuff has been going on for years to businessmen, and who's to blame them if some jackass leaves a laptop unattended.

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/US/05/29/china.hackers/
http://www.thedarkvisitor.com/2008/05/lose-a-laptopget-hacked-sigh/
http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/cs_20080531_6948.php

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