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Adobe says it lost no IP

China is a hot bed for pirates and other nefarious activities that plague the software and technology sectors. Many coordinated attacks against computer networks at a myriad of different companies are suspected to originate from China.

Reuters reports that a recent attack that originated in China was carried out against Google and 20 other companies and was apparently an attempt by the hackers to steal valuable intellectual properties and source code from the sites. Google has said that the attack against it resulted in the loss of IP and code and that it was currently evaluating the viability of its operations in China after being hit with hacking attempts and IP theft. Google is currently the leading U.S. search firm in China.

Reuters reports that the attackers also targeted Adobe Systems, but Adobe claims that while its network was attacked, it had no stolen IP. The hackers apparently tried to take advantage of vulnerabilities in Adobe's Acrobat and Reader software that is widely used. Interestingly, McAfee predicted that exploits against Adobe software would outnumber the exploits targeted at Microsoft software in 2010.

The flaws in the Adobe software were addressed in a critical patch released by Adobe yesterday reports Reuters. The vulnerabilities allow an attacker to inject code into a computer once a PDF file was opened. Google has stated that in a similar attack in September 1 of the goals of the attack was in part to compromise Gmail accounts.

Microsoft has stated that its email service was not hacked. A Microsoft spokesman told Reuters that, "We have no indication that any of our mail properties have been compromised."

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I know how they feel
By CList on 1/13/2010 11:39:45 AM , Rating: 3
I have 5 static IP addresses for my home DSL connection and my firewall/router reports about 20 - 50 DoS attacks and port scans PER DAY.

Every IP address I've ever looked up for where these attacks originate are in China.

I honestly don't know why they bother since my IP addresses are not associated with any domain name, I've never had any ports open, and I've never done anyhting from my IP addresses to piss any one off.

I've spoken to my ISP about it and they say there's not much they can do.

I just figure Beijing is filled with misanthropes with too much time on their hands...


RE: I know how they feel
By cornelius785 on 1/13/2010 11:56:27 AM , Rating: 2
On my linux server, I've noticed a lot of attempts to find users + passwords for FTP and SSH access. I used to whois the IP address to see which country it originated from and I think most were from the far east. Atleast for SSH, I've got something that blacklists the IP if there are too many failure attempts or unknown users attempts.

I suppose it is sort of like spamming, try millions of accounts/computers and hope that a handful respond or are unsecured.

RE: I know how they feel
By alfredska on 1/13/2010 1:45:18 PM , Rating: 3
This is also true of me. I have an SFTP set up at home and I get several attempts to access it every hour (even though it has no domain name associated, only IP). Every unauthorized address that I have looked up originated in China. For safety I have set my server to deny any requests except for the few IP ranges I work from (thank goodness for VPN while travelling).

RE: I know how they feel
By Ammohunt on 1/13/2010 1:45:07 PM , Rating: 2
I use tcp wrappers to block all chinese APNIC ip address blocks for this very reason. I have no reason to talk to china from my internet server.

RE: I know how they feel
By alfredska on 1/13/2010 1:50:26 PM , Rating: 3
Would you mind posting a link about this? I am unfamiliar and would like to learn more.

RE: I know how they feel
By VooDooAddict on 1/13/2010 2:51:09 PM , Rating: 2
I also would be very curious to learn where you get your list.

RE: I know how they feel
By Ammohunt on 1/14/2010 2:00:43 PM , Rating: 1
I started with this:

and created a hosts.deny file from the various files.

RE: I know how they feel
By wxe on 1/13/2010 8:23:28 PM , Rating: 2
Are you guys assuming IP to mean Internet Protocol, as in an IP address? I think the article is referencing IP to mean Intellectual Property.....

RE: I know how they feel
By alfredska on 1/14/2010 1:03:15 AM , Rating: 2
We understand the distinction. Our comments are referring to the unauthorized attempts at accessing our servers, where those attempts have overwhelmingly come from China. This is the connection between our comments and the article.

Stupid hackers
By amanojaku on 1/13/2010 1:02:23 PM , Rating: 1
What are you gonna do with Adobe's code, fix Flash and Reader?

RE: Stupid hackers
By MrBlastman on 1/13/2010 1:52:42 PM , Rating: 2
If code monkeys exist in this world, they all work for Adobe. :)

Unfortunately, I don't really feel like buying them any bananas. As far as I'm concerned, using Adobe products make me feel like I live in a giant bucket.

RE: Stupid hackers
By highlandsun on 1/15/2010 9:22:08 PM , Rating: 2
Well, they certainly couldn't make it any worse...

Share IP in exhcange for debt
By corduroygt on 1/13/2010 12:53:28 PM , Rating: 3
I have an idea, let's trade our IP's (because China doesn't really have any) in exchange for our $800B debt to China.

MS not hacked
By heulenwolf on 1/13/2010 2:31:52 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft has stated that its email service was not hacked

Of course, there's no indication that they were targeted as part of this attack, either.

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates

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