The good news is that Europe and North America are producing less spam than in the beginning of 2009. The bad news is,that it is relative and not absolute. The Asian region and South America are not only becoming more and more important for world trade but also in their digital spam output.
A recent Symantec study argues that the Asian region is accountable for 23 percent of the daily junk mails and South America for 22 percent. Personally, I don’t feel the difference. I’m as good informed about the pricing for Viagra as in the past couple of years. Thus, the Internet shows again that a geographic difference might not be a difference in its effect on the cyberspace.
Speaking of Asia and the cyberspace, US officials and experts argued that China is working on becoming an ‘aggressive foe in cyberspace’. Instead of fighting like a man, China realized that it is ‘outgunned’ compared to the US and focuses on finding weak spots in the US communications security architecture. Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t cracking and consequently cyber warfare or cyber terrorism all about finding the weak spots of a generic system?
note: exploiting weak spots in a system with the intention to cause damage is definitely cracking or cyber warfare but not hacking.
The report argues that the estimation of data China stole from US government networks is roughly between 10 and 20 terabytes. That is ‘one-fifth of the Library of Congress’s digital holdings’. Interesting point though: The NSA network alone collects more information that has been stolen by China… in one day! The problem is: They don’t have the capacity of making good use of the information.
The question which arises is whether China is not capable of stealing more information or if they just stole useful information.