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sotweed (118223) writes "The NY Times in Tuesday's paper is that a group in Shanghai is hacking against American companies and government agencies, and appears to be supported by and part of the Chinese Liberation Army. American intelligence officials have confirmed their knowledge of this organization. The Times says, "An unusually detailed 60-page study, to be released Tuesday by Mandiant, an American computer security firm, tracks for the first time individual members of the most sophisticated of the Chinese hacking groups — known to many of its victims in the United States as “Comment Crew” or “Shanghai Group” — to the doorstep of the headquarters of a People’s Liberation Army unit." Attention of the hackers is now turning to America's infrastructure: power grids, gas lines, waterworks, presumably via unsecured or inadequately secured SCADA systems." Link to Original Source top
sotweed writes "I bought a simple Sony voice recorder to record some interviews. It comes with a Digital Voice Editor on a CD. When I went to install it, I skimmed the license. It includes:
The SOFTWARE contains features which may allow SONY and/or third parties to
collect data from, control and/or monitor computers and devices running or
interacting with the SOFTWARE. You hereby agree that such activities may occur.
This seems pretty open-ended and outrageous, particularly given Sony's rootkit history on music CDs. Is it time for a serious boycott? I think so... How do we get it going?
As for me, I plan to install the software on a computer not connected to anything."