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Chinese Hackers Hit Juniper, Too

Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) is looking into the computer breaches that hit Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) from China, primarily because Juniper was victimized by the same attacks.

Word came out yesterday as Juniper publicized its efforts, alongside Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), to investigate cyber espionage incidents that reportedly struck 34 companies.

Other companies targeted included Dow Chemical, Adobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE), Northrop Grumman Corp. , and Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO), according to The Washington Post. All the incidents were part of a "sophisticated and targeted attack," according to a Juniper statement published by Reuters and others.

Google reported the breach publicly this week, saying it would stop censoring results on the google.cn search engine in response. That decision seems likely to freeze Google out of the Chinese market.

Considering hackers probably target Google servers and networks in every country, and considering Google isn't sacrificing a leading market position in China, the company's gesture is seen by some as being a bit disingenuous. (And as PC World points out, it's possible the attacks aren't originating in China.)

Google said it was particularly concerned because the attacks targeted the Gmail accounts of human rights activists. In one instance reported by San Jose's Mercury News, Google discovered that the account of a Stanford student and Tibetan native was being used in two places at once -- in New York and in China -- leading to suspicion that someone was spying on her email activity.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:44:37 PM
re: Chinese Hackers Hit Juniper, Too

The malware in question is apparently quite sophisticated, making it even more likely that Chinese authorities had a hand in this. 


Just to play devil's advocate, I'll point out that it's usually easy to find "proof" of something you already think is true.  Still, it's interesting (& important) that they've verified this isn't some amateur run-of-the-mill snooping.

bollocks187 12/5/2012 | 4:44:36 PM
re: Chinese Hackers Hit Juniper, Too

CHINA, is a communist  country and the govt is fuelling the economioc growth and in control. If only the Chinese people where more active in getting a democracy in place. Ooh thats right they cannot or they go to prison.



SowLight 12/5/2012 | 4:44:36 PM
re: Chinese Hackers Hit Juniper, Too

Craig, thanks to your censorship, you have lost one loyal reader of LightReading's. I am removing your link from my favorite list - permanently. Good luck!

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:44:34 PM
re: Chinese Hackers Hit Juniper, Too

Sowlight, I don't mind you saying that google is being disingenuous with its new China policy.  I think a lot of people even agree with that.

But racial epithets are over the line. That's what got your post canned.

For the record, here's the part of Sowlight's post that was OK:

"Given Google's poor record here in the West, only the fool would believe that Google is trying to defend "human rights" or "freedom of speech". They are just looking for an excuse (albeit a cheap one) to concede defeat - what a loser!"

quicktime 12/5/2012 | 4:44:33 PM
re: Chinese Hackers Hit Juniper, Too


Frankly, I did not see any "racial epithets" you posted.

I saw a lot of racial words in the other comments, and

they should be banned.

As I understand, lightreading should be a good resource

for telcom/datacom/cablecom professionals to discuss

technologies and check latest industry news and trends.

It should not be one place to be against Chinese,  Indians

or Americans. All those posts should be banned, or esle,

I do believe that there are double standards when you

evaluate those comments.

Freedom of speech does not mean bullshitting blindly or talk about

things without using there heads. As one objective professional,

we should communicate with respect, learn from each other,

and achieve the goal " technology serves human beings".

Not just bash each other and act like losers.

If you are afraid of your rivals, the best way to beat them

is to improve yourself and be stronger instead of complaining

around. The is the real win-win strategy promoted by a lot

of smart elites.


Just my 2 cents

mountainwest 12/5/2012 | 4:44:32 PM
re: Chinese Hackers Hit Juniper, Too

quicktime: for the purpose to explain the "China malware", you already did excellent jobs!  This also serves the reason why security measurement is needed.



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