《经济学人》:Gmail遭到袭击-网络袭击事件
日期:2011-06-08 10:57

(单词翻译:单击)

Gmail under attack
Gmail遭到袭击

Something phishy
网络袭击事件

A Chinese cyber-attack on a jumpy America
一起中国对颤颤巍巍的美国网络安全的网络袭击

Jun 2nd 2011 | from the print edition

THE more onerous internet security in the office becomes, the more attractive easy-to-use services such as Google’s Gmail. This paradox is at the heart of what looks like a big cyber-attack by China (or Chinese hackers) against the private e-mail accounts of hundreds of senior officials, military types and journalists from America and Asian countries, chiefly South Korea.

在工作中网络安全的保护越来越棘手,而诸如谷歌旗下的Gmail之类的易用网络服务反而越发受欢迎——正是抓住了这个要害,一起疑似由中国(或者中国黑客)发起的盗用数百位资深政府官员、军方人员和记者(受害者在美洲和亚洲国家,尤其是韩国)私人邮箱账号的网络袭击事件发生了,该事件产生了颇大影响。

Google says it has “detected and disrupted” this campaign, first noted in February by a blogger, Mila Parkour. Unlike previous Chinese attacks on Google, which involved heavyweight cryptographic attacks on its software, this one was clever but simple. Targets received plausible-seeming “phishing” e-mails, often sent from faked State Department addresses, with a subject line such as “Fw: Draft US-China joint statement” and an attachment. Clicking on that produced a bogus Gmail screen. Anyone unwise enough to give their login and password would make their past and future e-mails, and contacts, available to the snooper.

谷歌引用米拉??帕库尔(Mila Parkour)于二月发表的博文,帕库尔撰文称“检测出用户受到袭击”。此前中国对谷歌的袭击包括了对谷歌软件的关键密码的袭击,不同的是,此次事件即巧妙又简易。受害者收到的邮件看似正常,其实不然,通常发件人是(伪)国务院,主题类似“转自:中美联合声明”,附有附件一份,点击邮件就会弹出一个假的Gmail网页。但凡不够警惕的人就会输入账号和密码,这样攻击者就获得了这些人过去及将来的邮件和合同。

Google has tense relations with the Chinese authorities. In 2010 it stopped co-operating with their censorship efforts, moving its servers to Hong Kong; it is struggling to renew licences it needs for its other operations (it still employs 500 people in China, many of them selling advertising). Now it is talking to the FBI.

谷歌和中国政府的关系如履薄冰。在2010年,谷歌将搜索引擎服务器移至香港,不再遵守中国政府审查搜索结果的合作规定,同时谷歌正竭力延长执照期限,公司需要执照为其他业务运行服务(谷歌在中国仍雇有500名员工,大多从事广告营销)。现在,FBI正介入调查。

But the target of the attack is Google’s customers. The Chinese government denies having any part in the scam, but the e-mails seem to have come from the eastern city of Jinan, home to a Chinese military cyberwarfare unit and a college blamed for other attacks on America. This one comes at a time when people there are already jumpy about electronic security. Lockheed Martin, the government’s main information-technology provider, said last week that it had experienced a “significant and tenacious attack”. A forthcoming Pentagon report says that cyber-attacks could in future prompt a military response. Shooting careless officials would be a start.

该事件受害者可是谷歌的用户群。中国政府拒绝承认与该事件有任何关联,但是攻击邮件似乎是来自中国东部城市济南——中国军事网络战部队基地,此前美国遭受的其他袭击归咎到济南一所学校之上。人们对电子网络问题惊魂未定时又发生了此次袭击事件。美国政府主要的信息技术供应商洛克希德马丁公司(Lockheed Martin)称,上周该公司遭到过一次“极其严重的持久攻击”。即将出版的五角大楼报告表示,在未来,网络攻击可能会引发军事行动。攻击目标将首先指向悠哉的官员们。

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重点单词
  • draftn. 草稿,草图,汇票,徵兵 vt. 起草,征兵,选秀
  • renewv. 更新,重新开始
  • paradoxn. 悖论,矛盾(者)
  • availableadj. 可用的,可得到的,有用的,有效的
  • onerousadj. 繁重的,麻烦的
  • attachmentn. 附件,附著,附属物,依恋,忠诚,依赖 [法律]扣押
  • jointadj. 联合的,共同的,合资的,连带的 n. 关节,接
  • censorshipn. 检查制度
  • screenn. 屏,幕,银幕,屏风 v. 放映,选拔,掩蔽,遮蔽
  • carelessadj. 粗心的,疏忽的 n. 不关心的,粗心的[反]a