[ISN] NSA spy scandal prompts China push to favor local tech vendors

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9244515/NSA_spy_scandal_prompts_China_push_to_favor_local_tech_vendors By Michael Kan IDG News Service December 4, 2013 While China’s demand for electronics continues to soar, the tech services market may be shrinking for U.S. enterprise vendors. Security concerns over U.S. secret surveillance are giving the Chinese government and local companies more reason to trust domestic vendors, according to industry experts. The country has always tried to support its homegrown tech industry, but lately it is increasingly favoring local brands over foreign competition. Starting this year, the nation’s government tenders have required IT suppliers to source more products from local Chinese firms, said an executive at a U.S.-based storage supplier that sells to China. In some cases, the tenders have required 50 percent or more of the equipment to come from domestic brands, said the executive, who requested anonymity. Recent leaks by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, about the U.S.’s secret spying program aren’t helping the matter. “I think in general China wants to favor local brands; they feel their technology is getting better,” the executive said. “Snowden has just caused this to accelerate incrementally.” […]




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[ISN] Georgia Tech researcher flags flaw in open-source vets health system

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/120413-open-source-georgia-tech-276573.html By Jon Gold Network World December 04, 2013 An academic exercise by a security researcher blossomed into a live-fire infosec emergency last month, after a major vulnerability was found in a central U.S. government healthcare database system. Georgia Tech graduate student Doug Mackey didn’t set out to fix a potentially disastrous issue in a major government healthcare records system


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[ISN] ‘N.K. nurtures science prodigies as hackers’

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20131204000803 By Park Han-na The Korea Herald 2013-12-04 North Korea is aggressively beefing up its cyber warfare capabilities by adding child prodigies to its 3,000-strong special hacker unit targeting South Korea and its allies, an expert said Tuesday, citing the testimonies of North Korean defectors. Pyongyang regularly screens math and science prodigies to train them to be cyber experts through state-led education programs at home and abroad, according to Steven Kim, a professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. Kim said the selected elementary school students go through grueling training sessions including internal competitions at well-equipped facilities. Successful candidates get extra training in China and Russia and come back to North Korea to join the cyber operations, he said during a speech at the Korea Economic Institute of America in Washington, D.C. Kim said the North was escalating the level of its cyber provocations as its online attacks could undermine the social and financial infrastructure of the South, one of the world’s most-wired countries. […]


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