Did a Chinese Hack Kill Canada’s Greatest Tech Company,,, Nortel?

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Did a Chinese Hack Kill Canada’s Greatest Tech Company,,, Nortel?

Jul 5, 2020 | 07:27 1 In Bloomberg-July 1st

Apparent evidence suggests Huawei hacked and eventually destroyed Nortel, Nortel did little themselves to stop it.

" Nortel’s giddy, gilded growth also made it a target. Starting in the late 1990s, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the country’s version of the CIA, became aware of “unusual traffic,” suggesting that hackers in China were stealing data and documents from Ottawa. “We went to Nortel in Ottawa, and we told the executives, ‘They’re sucking your intellectual property out,’ ” says Michel Juneau-Katsuya, who headed the agency’s Asia-Pacific unit at the time. “They didn’t do anything.” "

" By 2004 the hackers had breached Nortel’s uppermost ranks. The person who sent the roughly 800 documents to China appeared to be none other than Frank Dunn, Nortel’s embattled chief executive officer. Four days before Dunn was fired—fallout from an accounting scandal on his watch that forced the company to restate its financial results—someone using his login had relayed the PowerPoints and other sensitive files to an IP address registered to Shanghai Faxian Corp. It appeared to be a front company with no known business dealings with Nortel. "

" The thief wasn’t Dunn, of course. Hackers had stolen his password and those of six others from Nortel’s prized optical unit, in which the company had invested billions of dollars. Using a script called Il.browse, the intruders swept up entire categories from Nortel’s systems: Product Development, Research and Development, Design Documents & Minutes, and more. “They were taking the whole contents of a folder—it was like a vacuum cleaner approach,” says Brian Shields, who was then a senior adviser on systems security and part of the five-person team that investigated the breach. "

" Years later, Shields would look at the hack, and Nortel’s failure to adequately respond to it, as the beginning of the end of the company. Perhaps because of the hubris that came from being a market leader, or because it was distracted by a series of business failures, Nortel never tried to determine how the credentials were stolen. It simply changed the passwords; predictably, the hacks continued. By 2009 the company was bankrupt. "

whole article here at Bloomberg;

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Jul 5, 2020 | 08:36 2 I’m told that when the Department of National Defence acquired the former Nortel buildings in Ottawa and started renovating for their own uses they found so many Chinese bugs and hidden cameras they ended up gutting the building to get them all. Reply With Quote
blackpowder's Avatar Jul 5, 2020 | 09:31 3 Why is this stuff never mainstream media somehow. Reply With Quote
blackpowder's Avatar Jul 5, 2020 | 09:51 4 After reading the article, I'm reminded of the differences in cultures.
And how reminding ourselves of that difference has become dangerous.
Our culture is consuming itself.
And theirs is happily watching. Reply With Quote

  • Jul 5, 2020 | 10:21 5
    Quote Originally Posted by blackpowder View Post
    After reading the article, I'm reminded of the differences in cultures.
    And how reminding ourselves of that difference has become dangerous.
    Our culture is consuming itself.
    And theirs is happily watching.
    Are they watching, or feeding the flames?
    The crowd which is suddenly so motivated to destroy civil society,
    Aren't exactly your typical ambitious movers and shakers. Couldn't coordinate a 2 man rush on a 3 hole outhouse comes to mind, if you could even get the welfare bums away from their video games long enough to attempt it.
    Last edited by AlbertaFarmer5; Jul 5, 2020 at 10:23.
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  • blackpowder's Avatar Jul 5, 2020 | 21:22 6 Just read a Bloomberg editorial that quoted Kissinger as saying we are in the foothills of a new Cold War.
    I believe we don't know it yet. But the Chinese are very aware as they intentionally started it.
    The quotes in the article referencing a popular Chinese novel illuminate how their culture sees the world.
    And for those who cry racist.
    Reading early nineteenth century American literature shares a similar mindset.
    All very interesting.
    Hunker down boys. Reply With Quote
    blackpowder's Avatar Jul 5, 2020 | 21:25 7 And yes, after a few, I must ask: where TF is Chuck?
    Surely he has an institutionally approved response. Flake. Reply With Quote
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