Latest China Hack Sheds Light on Social Networking

Researchers based in the U.S. and Canada uncovered an Internet spy ring last Monday, after eight months of investigation. The spy ring known as “Shadow” had stolen e-mails and personal information from India’s private and public sector, including its Defense Ministry, and from the offices of the Dalai Lama, the United Nations and the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan.

In an article on the Tech News World website, Renay San Miguel says the researchers also found a botnet of computers that were infected via Facebook, Twitter, Google Groups, Baidu blogs,, Yahoo mail, and other social media.

“The list of stolen and compromised documents and infected computers – and other countries affected by the Shadow network – show the collateral damage that can pile up when weaknesses are found in a particular country’s infrastructure,” says the article.

The problem is not so much with botnets, San Miguel writes – botnets are disabled as soon as they are detected. The problem is with the design of social networks, which Paul Ferguson, a security researcher at Trend Micro, said have “countless bugs” and “a frail infrastructure that is supported in insecure ways.”

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