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Experts warn of Chinese cyberattacks used for industria... - 7/25/2005 6:47:25 PM   
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Cyberspace is becoming a new battleground for the United States and China, amid growing concerns about Chinese industrial espionage through various types of computer worms, security experts say.

At least one "Trojan horse" program used to steal files from infected computers has been traced to servers in China, providing further evidence that US companies may be targets, say analysts.

Security firms have long been concerned about various types of malicious software used to steal files or passwords. But some newer programs seem designed as a more sophisticated and targeted effort.

Joe Stewart, a researcher with the US security firm Lurhq, said that by reverse-engineering a recent PC worm known as Myfip, he found a clear connection to China.

"All the e-mails we've traced back with this particular attachment came from a single address in China," Stewart told AFP, adding that it was "highly likely" that the program was used for espionage against US high-tech and manufacturing firms.

Stewart said the program appeared to have been originally developed as a way to steal student exam papers and then expanded so that it can now copy many types of documents, including computer-assisted drawings and Microsoft Word files.

Forbes magazine, which first reported the Chinese origin of Myfip, said the worm had been propagating by spam e-mails that activate the program when recipients click on attachments. Forbes said about a dozen versions of Myfip may have been in circulation and used to steal sensitive documents including mechanical designs and circuit board layouts.

Analysts point out that tracking attacks or malicious software can be tricky because the origins can be disguised.

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RE: Experts warn of Chinese cyberattacks used for indus... - 7/25/2005 9:38:39 PM   
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What else is new about the Commies?
It's regrettable that the West is blinded by the "vision/mirage" of profits from trading with the Communists.  One day it would be too late.



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RE: Experts warn of Chinese cyberattacks used for indus... - 7/27/2005 6:40:36 AM   
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On the other hand, China seems to be today the only country in the world (of some real importance) resisting to the paranoia of copy-protectionism that so easily (and carelessly) has overtaken the western world...


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