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Resources | Special coverage: The China Syndrome

The China Syndrome, part 8
Officials in Washington claim China will soon attack the U.S. with computer viruses. Yet Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger observes those same officials don't care enough to order U.S. antivirus firms to stop supplying Beijing with virus technology...
The China Syndrome, part 7
U.S. citizens who sell antivirus software also give viruses to an enemy of the U.S. with the White House's tacit approval. Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger uncovers a bit of irony -- people in Asia know more about this controversy than clueless U.S. senator Charles Schumer (D-NY)...
The China Syndrome, part 6
A classified CIA report warns China will soon attack the U.S. with computer viruses. In related news, the White House went on record to say the president may use physical military force to repel a cyber-invasion. Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger points out an ironic fact -- if Beijing "terrorizes" our great nation with a virus, it'll be because Network Associates & Symantec & Trend Micro helped them while president Bush's "special advisor for cyberspace security" looked the other way...
China Syndrome parody story
Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger parodies CNN's website with a story about weapons export violations. "Two leading antivirus companies have been accused by the State Department of illegally providing cyber-smallpox and cyber-vaccine technology to China that could be used for intercontinental computer virus attacks..."
Who Lost China's Internet?
Weekly Standard writer Ethan Gutmann describes how, "without U.S. assistance, [the Internet in China] will remain a tool of the Beijing government, not a force for democracy." He includes a passage on The China Syndrome: "in the wake of terrorist attacks on America, some of the byplay between Beijing and its entrepreneurial suitors has taken on new significance... Network Associates, a U.S. web security firm, gained entry to the Chinese market by helpfully donating 300 live computer viruses to the Public Security Bureau... Chinese military reports on unconventional warfare explicitly advocate coordinated virus attacks to debilitate U.S. communication and financial systems during a crisis. America may expect a more sophisticated visit from the offspring of a Network Associates sample virus in the future..."
Believe me: we're in good hands
In part 5 of our coverage of "The China Syndrome," Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger wonders what went through the mind of a very special antivirus expert on September 15th. "It's four days after a horrifying act of terrorism, yet here I am, getting ready for work so I can once again teach an oppressive communist regime how to attack critical U.S. infrastructures. Mmm, is that bacon I smell?"
Let slip the dogs of virus war
Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger looks at the concept of a virus war in a three-part series. In part 1, he describes why the U.S. military would be a non-combatant. "Of all the nation-states on Earth, China alone could engage in a virus war, for three very important reasons." One of those reasons is The China Syndrome...
Submit your essay by 8 October
In part 4 of our coverage of "The China Syndrome," Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger speculates what may happen in the wake of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks. Will the new U.S. Homeland Defense office call for export controls to stop the antivirus industry's blatant for-profit transfer of cyberwar technology to the Chinese?
The China Syndrome, part 3
Editor Rob Rosenberger shows how "this non-event once again proves security news needs a push from the industry to get it going. Today's lack of attention amounts to a conspiracy of silence. Every lemming thought to himself, 'I'll keep my mouth shut and see what the herd does...' " Rosenberger also notes "I've yet to hear anyone say 'we gave a duplicate copy of the viruses to FBI NIPC.' Antivirus firms only notified the U.S. government of their actions..."
Chinese Feds demand computer virus samples
The Register correspondent Thomas C. Greene slams the antivirus industry. "Tantalized by the glittering promise of 1.2 billion (largely penniless) consumers, Network Associates, Symantec and Trend Micro have graciously complied, offering up approximately 300 virus samples to curry favor enough to sell their products in the PRC..."

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