Sunday, December 02, 2007

MI5 warn of chinese hacking theat too

Only a day after the McAfee report warned of the possibility of Chinese hackers attacking states around the world including the UK, MI5 has, unconnectedly, sent out a confidential letter warning of exactly that. the Chinese embassy has of course denied the allegations - just as they did in response to the original report.

More over at Blogzilla.

And Pangloss goes to China Tuesday to give a paper entitled "Chinese zombies or Japanese worms? What can the law do about cyber-security?". Synchronicitous times..

Meanwhile on the domestic security front, fall out from the great child benefit disc scandal continues. Contactpoint, the database to combine data on most the country's children for multi-agency communication purposes , has been put on hold for five months.

Shadow Children’s Minister Maria Miller said: "The government should also use this opportunity to see whether it really is necessary to have a database for every single child in the country, accessible to 330,000 people, given the significant amount of concern that this could overload the system and lead to a dumbing down of information.

Pangloss just turned in a somewhat critical chapter on Contactpoint for a book on social work, privacy and confidentiality; perhaps by the time it is printed it will already be a dead letter?

First, Contactpoint: next the ID Database? Watch this space.

1 comment:

Ian Brown said...

Here's hoping :)