In A World Of Global Commerce… Does Gov't Cyber Espionage Get In The Way Of Business?
from the changing-times dept
Back in 2001 there were a series of hyped up articles about how the Chinese were hacking American websites. People later realized that there was a lot more hype than substance to those articles (which, it was later discovered, were kicked off by a writer who eventually was accused of making up many stories written for a variety of mainstream press publications). However, the latest news suggests that folks in the Chinese military may have actually hacked into a defense department computer, leading to all the standard talk of “cyberwar.” Of course, once again, the important details were missing. It’s not clear the hack attacks actually did anything serious or accessed any important data.
A more important point may be that these types of attacks can be quite counter-productive. A recent report in Germany also had found that the Chinese military had at least tried to hack into gov’t computers there — and it’s simply hurting the ability of Chinese tech firms to sell their goods abroad. In other words, while it may be true that the Chinese military may be trying to hack into computers of various governmental agencies around the world, doing so could actually end up causing quite a bit more pain to the Chinese economy. That hardly seems productive.