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Man outsources coding to China

by @ 5:16 pm
Filed under: business,computers — Tags: , ,

Love this story. Software developers are certainly infamous for being lazy. Most of us are, and that drives us to write code to automate things or write utilities to give to others to perform certain tasks. It's all about finding clever ways to make things easier for us and our employers.

But one guy took it one step further and secretly outsourced his coding responsibilities to a Chinese firm paying them a fraction of his salary and spending his own days having fun. His employer was oblivious to this for years until they ran an audit and discovered the scheme.

The blog post below is really about this coder's exploits and a cautionary tale for others to keep tabs on their networks. Still a part of me wants to high-five him for his cleverness right up to the point he was caught.

Verizon Business Security Blog » Blog Archive » Case Study: Pro-active Log Review Might Be A Good Idea.

Block China Web Traffic

by @ 10:16 am
Filed under: hacking,internet,web — Tags: ,

Sometimes I'm so tempted to to do this: Block China Web Traffic IP Addresses and Chinese Hackers.

Of course if everyone blocked everyone else indiscriminately that would go against the spirit of the Internet.

What's needed is for the ISPs to get off their lazy and greedy butts and block attacks at their sources.

Certainly a bunch of zombies (unwitting users with infected machines) will be caught in the dragnet too, but they can be contacted and urged to clean up their machines before they're allowed back on.

It'll be good for us, it'll be good for them, it'll be good for the Internet.

Kudos to Google

by @ 1:47 pm
Filed under: google,hacking — Tags: ,

My admiration to Google for standing up for what's right. Even in the face of Chinese retaliation, Google has gone public with the revelation that the hacking activity of Gmail accounts had a Chinese connection.

The allegations are as of yet uncorroborated, but Google deserves much credit for standing up to China when there's evidence of wrong-doing.

We'll see how far Google is willing to go on this issue before it permanently damages its prospects in China. But for me, Google's stance has elevated its stature and image.

China paper warns Google may pay price for hacking claims - Technology & science - Security - msnbc.com.

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