Who to be worried about more the Chinese or Anonymous?

In recent weeks it has become very evident that Anonymous is a group that anyone running publicly accessible servers should avoid pissing off. While Anonymous publicly embarrasses those companies and sites they go after, the Chinese on the other hand are much more sinister.

As reported this morning on Bloomberg the business of industrial espionage is alive and well. It has been revealed that a significant number of oil industry servers containing highly sensitive data at Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BP Plc have essentially been owned by the Chinese government for some time.

What possibly could the Chinese want from the servers from those companies, well potentially trillions of dollars in new oil well finds, that the Chinese can just put a rig over and pump out for their countries own consumption. The for mentioned companies are not being very forthcoming but hackers had access to their networks for over a year.

Multi-National companies like these need to get their collective heads out of their asses and get their networks secure. The same goes to US Government infrastructure, power, water, sewage etc etc etc.

Maybe I am just a paranoid retired Navy guy, but if you think the Chinese government is our friend you have to be smoking crack. While I am sure the majority of Chinese people are lovely people, the goals of their Government are such that companies large and small better start improving their security yesterday.

About Todd Cochrane

Todd Cochrane is the Founder of Geek News Central and host of the Geek News Central Podcast. He is a Podcast Hall of Fame Inductee and was one of the very first podcasters in 2004. He wrote the first book on podcasting, and did many of the early Podcast Advertising deals in the podcasting space. He does two other podcasts in addition to Geek News Central. The New Media Show and Podcast Legends.

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