Chinese Hackers Hit Juniper, Too
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