Feeds

NSA's top spook blames China for RSA hack

Says People's Republic trousers loads of US military IP

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

The director of the US National Security Agency has named China as the country behind last year's high profile hack against RSA that resulted in the extraction of data related to SecurID tokens.

The information extracted in the March 2011 hack was later used in an unsuccessful attack against Lockheed Martin. Other US defence contractors, including L-3 Communications, were also rumoured to have been targeted but this remains unconfirmed.

RSA offered replacement tokens in the wake of the attack, which relied on a combination of spear phishing and malware that exploited a zero-day Adobe Flash exploit. Art Coviello, RSA's executive chairman, went as far as blaming the attack on two organisations for the same country last October without naming the prime suspects in the high-profile assault.

However National Security Agency director General Keith Alexander went further on Tuesday during testimony before Senate Armed Services Committee and named China as the prime suspect behind the RSA hack. He went on to say China is stealing a "great deal" of military-related intellectual property from the US, Information Week reports.

China has long been the prime suspect in the RSA hack but has never been named as such until this week. General Alexander's statement is another clear sign that US authorities are going beyond diplomatic channels in an attempt to shame China into cutting back on its widely reported cyber-espionage program.

China, for its part, routinely claims that it is more spied against than spying. Beijing can be expected to take a similar line over the latest accusations. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
14 antivirus apps found to have security problems
Vendors just don't care, says researcher, after finding basic boo-boos in security software
Only '3% of web servers in top corps' fully fixed after Heartbleed snafu
Just slapping a patched OpenSSL on a machine ain't going to cut it, we're told
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers
Corporate raiders Comment Crew fingered for attacks
Roll out the welcome mat to hackers and crackers
Security chap pens guide to bug bounty programs that won't fail like Yahoo!'s
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Researcher sat on critical IE bugs for THREE YEARS
VUPEN waited for Pwn2Own cash while IE's sandbox leaked
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.