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A Top Cybersecurity Professional Discusses China Writing Code

Richard Bejtlich is one of the top cybersecurity professionals in the world. He discusses technical issues in a manner that makes sense to a non-techie. That would be me. It is my guess, dear reader, that this would also be you.

I have interviewed Richard Bejtlich at length on two occasions. I am an avid follower of his blog for the thrillers I write.

On his TaoSecurity blog, he writes on topics of interest to "the hunters", those who defend U. S. government and corporations against foreign hackers and internal intruders.

Bejtlich is former Air Force Intelligence and as a civilian, was formerly the top cybersecurity professional at Mandiant, the company called in to fix the biggest and most damaging breaches. He was the head of the team that positively identified a PLA Army site as the source of major intrusions. His report led to the indictment of five named PLA hackers.

(See my previous blog on the Mandiant Report in the archives.)

Here is the quote at the top of his blog post about a recent article about the Chinese writing their own code. Read the full post at the web address below.

"Periodically I read about efforts by China, or Russia, or North Korea, or other countries to replace American software with indigenous or semi-indigenous alternatives. I then reply via Twitter that I love the idea, with a short reason why.

"This post will list the top five reasons why I want China and other likely targets of American foreign intelligence collection to run their own software."

https://taosecurity.blogspot.com/2017/03/five-reasons-i-want-china-running-its.html

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China Bullies Hong Kong

The New York Times has today's headline in an Opinion Piece right. "China Bullies Hong Kong."

Two elected officials, young advocates of independence for Hong Kong, were denied their seats in the legislature.

China promised Hong Kong would retain its democratic institutions when Hong Kong reverted to Chinese control in 1997 after centuries under British
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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Halting Mandarin

This is fascinating. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, speaks at Tsinghua University. He addresses a young and middle-aged audience for twenty minutes in halting Mandarin. He seems to do it from memory, without a teleprompter.

He speaks in tones, he struggles at bringing phrases to memory at times, but he is working at correct pronunciation, an exercise which pleases Chinese to no end. They usually think that Westerners are too damned dumb to get their language.

He is not a smooth speaker, as some Westerners are. Jon Hunstman, the former American ambassador, speaks fairly good Chinese and so does Jerome Cohen, the China lawyer. Zuckerberg even gets a laugh, which is pretty good for a Western barbarian. Thus the Great Wall across the great cultural divide may be breached and one wonders does this have any resonance for the Great Firewall that Chinese censors have placed around the Internet.

Zuckerberg, of course, is known to the Chinese as a technical genius. He speaks about connecting the world. This is a great performance. The audience applauds him. I have to run this story down, because I want to know more about it. Sty tuned for further reportage.



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Chinese Hackers Attack 2 Hong Kong Government Sites

Richard Bejtlich, a top American expert at FireEye computer security, says that the hacking group APT 3 is no joke. They have hacked two Hong Kong government agencies. This is in advance of the Hong Kong Legislative Council elections.

Is this an attempt to influence the elections? No one knows.

China Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, condemns calls for Hong Kong independence, but this is nothing new.

According to iSight, a FireEye group that tracks malware around the world, the APT 3 group is among the most sophisticated of hackers. They use the latest techniques.

The group's relationship to the Beijing government is not known. Fireye traced the APT 1 group to a PLA address in Shanghai, making the group a part of the People's Liberation Army.

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How Chinese Cashmere Pollutes the Environment

Annals of Luxury: Cashmere, the most delicious of fabrics, has become cheaper in the United States because of Chinese production.

Chinese production takes place on goat farms. The goat hoofs tear up the grass.

According to the chronicler of modern China, Evan Osnos, the goat farms are getting bigger and they are creating dust clouds.

See a Steven Colbert interview with Osnos, from the old show.



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Harley Davidsons Hit The Road In China

The Harley Davidson motorcycle symbolizes freedom and rebellion to riders. Aftre all, the theme song played for the Harley Club of Shanghai is "Born to be Wild." This recent CBS Sunday Morning report features the head of the Harley Club of Shanghai and the dealer who sells only 300 a year. The Harley lifestyle has caught on, even though the motorcycle costs $100,000 in China.

Stay tuned for my upcoming report on my visit to the California Superbike School, with branches in Beijing and in Taiwan. The Chinese Communist Party is banning golf club membership for party members as a symbol of corruption. After all, golf is a rich man's game. Guess what is taking hold of the imagination of the Chinese? The all-American motorcycle. You heard it here first.

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/harley-davidsons-hit-the-road-in-china/

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Luxury Goods in China: Strippers at Funerals

The sales of Gucci and Hermes are down among the newly rich in China but the sales of brands that appeal to the young, such as Prada are up. The crackdown on corruption continues. Apparently hiring strippers for funerals is all the rage in China. Is this what is called "dancing on someone's grave"? The Chinese government is trying to discourage the practice. Go figure!



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The Puzzle of the Chinese Middle Class

On a recent trip to New York, I interviewed on of the world’s pre-eminent experts on China, Professor Andrew Nathan of Columbia University.

Nathan has an uptown role as a China specialist at Columbia, but downtown, he is a human rights advocate and is on the board of the National Endowment for Democracy.

Apart from the United States, China is likely to be important in determining the global advancement of democracy because of its population, perhaps a quarter of humanity.

Another reason for China’s importance is its economic and military strength, but also its advancement of the so-called “China model.”

The China model is the combination of authoritarian government with capitalism.

As Nathan points out, China has offered its model as an attractive alternative to the Western model of liberal democracy to undemocratic regimes around the world.

The Chinese proclamation of its discovery of a new way to harness the energies of capitalism with a top-down government is the subject of multiple works over a period of decades by Professor Nathan. This piece is a small slice of the analysis.
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