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Google's response to being attacked by China

Today a blog post was put on the Official Google Blog talking about the attack against them from China, and their responses, and possible recourses on a business side.  There are two posts, and they make for an interesting read, so be sure and check them out.

Post #1 -- http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/new-approach-to-china.html

Post #2 -- http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2010/01/keeping-your-data-safe.html

The hacks were a result, basically, of a technique called "targeted phishing" or "spearphishing".  One of our other handlers, Maarten, wrote an excellent diary about it last year.  Check it out here.

-- Joel Esler | http://blog.joelesler.net | http://twitter.com/joelesler

Joel

454 Posts
ISC Handler
Respect to google for standing up at last. Shame that China will no longer have access to such a great service (if they pull out)but google should not be forced to censor it's results.
Anonymous
Are there any details regarding what these spearphishing attacks looked like? We were hit by a large one a couple of weeks ago, and I would like to know if it could be related?
Jason

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If you would like to learn more about how these attacks work, see Maarten's presentation from SANSFIRE 2008 (yes, they haven't changed much since then)

isc.sans.org/presentations/…
Johannes

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