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NSA Director Names China Responsible for RSA Assaults

Gen. Keith Alexander, Director of National Security Agency and Commander of U.S. Cyber Command recently informed the Senate Armed Services Committee that China was siphoning plentiful intellectual property of the U.S. military out of the country and had a role in the 2011 assaults on RSA the cyber-security agency, published informationweek.com dated March 27, 2012.

Alexander opined that the RSA assault, which involved one spear-phishing scam, suggested an extreme form of sophistication the Chinese invaders exuded as they dispatched camouflaged e-mails having malicious software, which planted backdoors through an exploit for 0-day vulnerability in Adobe Flash.

He stated that the hackers' capability for doing what they did was of such an elevated level that their act, which was against a company like RSA, proved other organizations weak.

The Officer acknowledged that there was more for the government to perform as a better task for arresting the assaults. Accordingly, it was necessary to make the Chinese find it harder towards doing whatever they did. Alexander added that as intellectual property wasn't properly safeguarded, USA required performing an improved task towards its protection.

Meanwhile, RSA on being contacted stated that there was no comment from its end over the recent disclosure or accusations Alexander made against China.

Nevertheless, during October 2011, RSA itself had declared the results of one forensic investigation, according to which, the assaults against the company had been from dual teams that represented one lone country.

But, according to RSA's Vice-President Art Coviello, the company wouldn't tell that country's name since no forensic clue was found that revealed the attack's source alternatively the hacked-information's destination. Zdnetasia.com published this on March 29, 2012.

In the meantime, it's been long that suspicion pointed chiefly to China for the RSA infiltration, although named only recently. The statement by Gen. Alexander again lucidly reflected US officials' movement beyond diplomatic means towards embarrassing China into stopping the cyber-espionage campaign widely reported vis-à-vis the Asian giant.

China, however, regularly asserts cyber-spying is actually against it instead of it doing the same. Consequently, Beijing could adopt a likewise attitude with respect to the charges it was condemned of.

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