Chinese hackers 'slurped 50 MB of US gov email'

Chinese hackers 'slurped 50 MB of US gov email'
Chinese hackers 'slurped 50 MB of US gov email'

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By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
The Register
6th December 2010

The Chinese government may have used its access to Microsoft source code 
to develop attacks that exploited weaknesses in the Windows operating 
system, according to a US diplomatic memo recently published by 

The June 29, 2009 diplomatic cable claims that a Chinese security firm 
with close ties to the People's Republic of China, got access to the 
Windows source under a 2003 agreement designed to help companies improve 
the security of the Microsoft operating system. Topsec allegedly worked 
with a government organization known as CNITSEC, short for the China 
Information Technology Security Center, which actively worked with 
=E2=80=9Cprivate sector=E2=80=9D hackers to develop exploits.

=E2=80=9CAdditionally, CNITSEC enterprises has recruited Chinese hackers in 
support of nationally-funded 'network attack scientific research 
projects,'=E2=80=9D the cable stated. =E2=80=9CFrom June 2002 to March 2003, TOPSEC 
employed a known Chinese hacker, Lin Yong (a.k.a. Lion and owner of the 
Honker Union of CHINA), as senior security service engineer to manage 
security service and training.=E2=80=9D

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