Anyone see a game changer here?

Marshall Eubanks tme at
Fri Jan 15 15:20:33 UTC 2010

Where are these quotes coming from ?


On Jan 15, 2010, at 9:07 AM, Bruce Williams wrote:

> Part of the discussion of recent attacks by targeted email to
> individuals crafted to deceive that particular individual based on
> intelligence gathered for this use by governments.
> "The alleged attacks from China are troubling on many fronts.  On
> Thursday, security firm McAfee released a report saying the program
> used to target U.S. firms involved a so-called "zero day"
> vulnerability -- one that was to this point unknown to the security
> community, and thus indefensible by anti-virus software. The flaw
> involved Microsoft's Internet Explorer, McAfee said. Microsoft says it
> is working quickly to provide a software patch.  But the malicious
> software attacks other software flaws too, McAfee said, adding this
> ominous note: "There very well may be other attack vectors that are
> not known to us at this time."
> "These highly customized attacks known as advanced persistent threats
> were primarily seen by governments and the mere mention of them
> strikes fear in any cyberwarrior,” wrote McAfee's George Kurtz in a
> blog post today.  “They are in fact the equivalent of the modern drone
> on the battle field. With pinpoint accuracy they deliver their deadly
> payload and once discovered - it is too late…All I can say is wow. The
> world has changed. Everyone's threat model now needs to be adapted to
> the new reality of these advanced persistent threats. In addition to
> worrying about Eastern European cybercriminals trying to siphon off
> credit card databases, you have to focus on protecting all of your
> core intellectual property."
> Mark Rasch, former head of the Department of Justice computer crime
> unit, called the attacks “cyberwarfare,” and said it was clearly an
> escalation of a digital conflict between China and the U.S.
> As if the old threat models weren't bad enough...
> Bruce

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