Representative Frank Wolf's (R.-VA) computer owned by China

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  1. Searching_ _ _

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    [Congress Daily, 11 Jun 1008, courtesy of Marcus H. Sachs]
    SPYWARE? SPY WHERE? Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., today said the FBI determined four of his government computers have been hacked by someone in China. Wolf, a longtime critic of the Chinese government's record on human rights, said computers in the offices of other lawmakers and at least one House committee have also been hacked and he is calling for hearings to investigate. Wolf said it seemed logical that Senate computers would also be compromised.

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  2. Dogbiscuit

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    This current thread - Hacked - What to do if you're a target , particularly post #5 addresses this kind of thing.

    My hunch is the attackers weren't successful due to some zero-day vulerability in their control, but the lack of adequate security practices in the government offices in question.

    Or are the approaches we implement here on Wilders just a waste of time (LUA+SRP, Sandboxie, Anti-Executable, etc.)?
     
  3. dw426

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    No, our approaches aren't useless, but neither are the majority of us "high-profile" targets. The biggest percentage of attacks that originate overseas on government systems like this is from other governments. Mr. Wolf can stomp on the floor and wave his arms up and down about it, but he also knows the U.S does the same thing, because it's just simply a part of intelligence operations. I can tell you from first-hand experience that government systems are MUCH more vulnerable than most of ours....that's right, Joe Blow's system with Norton and Zone Alarm runs circles around the security of most government computers, and not just U.S ones.
     
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