Chinese hackers attend a conference.
The U.S. government -- asserting its belief that it should be the only entity on Earth permitted to hack into American computers -- has begun denying suspected Chinese hackers entry into the United States. The timing couldn’t be worse for Sino-hackers about to make their annual pilgrimage to the DEF CON and Black Hat hacker conferences in Las Vegas.
Bad news too, for alleged corporate victims -- cited by the DoJ -- of Chinese hacking that failed to disclose the news to shareholders. Why? Failure to disclose a hacking breach protects a company from class action lawsuits about as much as an insecure network protects trade secrets.
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Filling in for our humble blogwatcher Richi Jennings, is a humbler Stephen Glasskeys.
The U.S.' escalating feud with China over hacking charges could end up hurting IT suppliers in both countries, as suspicions and eroding trust threaten to dampen the tech exchange between the two nations. MORE
[Last week] we wrote about the DOJ filing an indictment against some Chinese hackers who are a part of the People's Liberation Army.
What was particularly crazy was the DOJ's smug announcement about how it finally had "proof" of Chinese hacks, naming...specific companies which had been hacked. ... [The] DOJ may have just created a massive headache for those companies, as they may be facing probes and possible shareholder lawsuits about failures to disclose the hacks to investors.
So exactly whom is the DOJ helping here? MORE
A senior administration official [listed ways] that the United States is taking aim at the Chinese hacker community. That list includes everything from economic sanctions to a blanket ban on Chinese hackers attending conferences in the U.S. It's actually already happening. MORE
Black Hat talks are taped and sold after the conference, and preventing Chinese hackers from being physically there would not appreciably affect China's hacking abilities. MORE
No DEFCON for Chinese nationals? Hahaha, yeah, that'll show 'em. *eyeroll* MORE