Tuesday, March 27, 2012

China hacks every major US company; former CIA/NSA director's idea for "cyber mercenaries" should be revived.

Wow, a watershed day with three postings! The latest from ZDNet today, where Cyber War author Richard Clarke is reported as saying (see here) that every major U.S. company is being regularly hacked by China. Think I'm exaggerating? Here's the verbatim:
“I’m about to say something that people think is an exaggeration, but I think the evidence is pretty strong,” Clarke said during an interview with the Smithsonian. “Every major company in the United States has already been penetrated by China…"
All of which brings to mind a rather old (July 29, 2011) Aspen Security Forum video where former CIA/NSA director General Michael Hayden suggested that cyber mercenaries "might be one of those big new ideas in terms of how we have to conduct ourselves in this new cyber domain." Granted, Hayden is just one of the old Beltway hacks trying to drum up business for his fellow pigs at the trough. But my Morgan Doctrine could be that "big new idea." Here's General Hayden's YouTube video:
Have a nice week.


  1. Hello:

    + This reminds me of a story in a "Reader´s Digest" of my father. John BARRON wrote "Tracking China´s master spy", Reader´s Digest Dec. 1989, 97 - 99.

    -Among other things, the chinese had built a supercomputer named "Galaxy" that seemed too close to the US supercomputer called "Cray" because the chinese copied it piece by piece....

    + More info:


  2. Is it really, I just think it's more of like a collaboration. Someone will spread about the news and someone will create a solution. Just like a virus and the anti-virus thing.

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  3. Michelle, I published your comment, but must now completely and totally disagree with your assertion. I have studied the error logs of attacks and observe that they are coordinated and persistent over days and weeks. This is not a bunch of "junior hackers" having some fun and collaborating with each other. These attacks are organized by a government-level/heavily-funded militaristic organization. So Michelle, you're just dead wrong. Period.


Implementation suggestions for THE MORGAN DOCTRINE are most welcome. What are the "Got'chas!"? What questions would some future Cyber Privateering Czar have to answer about this in a Senate confirmation hearing?