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Description:  It seemed at one time that the internet might offer greater freedom and democracy to the population of China. But the growing threat of China’s hacks and espionage are causing us to rethink those views. A recent paper describes the 2015 attack on GitHub’s giant stores of computer code. This attack has been called the “Great Cannon”, a companion to the “Great Firewall.” Whereas China’s “Great Firewall” is designed to control information flowing into the country, the “Great Cannon” appears oriented towards controlling what gets out of the huge nation.

Date:  January 10, 2019

Source:  technologyreview.com

Link: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612638/when-chinese-hackers-declared-war-on-the-rest-of-us/?utm_campaign=the_download.unpaid.engagement&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=68887934&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_-3YM82u7HOGgCoiHsPtuQ4zqhNUuWtUaVtkdKrWjXtl7X8q8Ur20GAVRuhIukjWMD34maYwGkTkxvXmMf8YCxrOv4Rw&_hsmi=68887934

Discussion points

1) Does this story about the Great Cannon and the Great Firewall concern you?

2) What can companies do to address this type of security risk?

3) In what phase of the audit would the auditors assess the risks associated with possible attacks like this. See Wiley’s Auditing: A Practical Approach.

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