For as long as PCs have been around, Americans have been the ones buying them. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the old Stars n’ Stripes dominated the PC salescape when you remember that the field was pioneered by US-based companies like Apple and IBM. Now, that streak has come to an end; a new report says that China surpassed the US in both PC shipments and sales in the second quarter of 2011.
It's common practice to point the finger at China every time there's a major cyber attack, just as many security analysts did following McAfee's recent report detailing a five-year run of cyber high jinks "by one specific actor." The Chinese government usually throws up its arms in disbelief and says, "Who, me!?," only now China officials are claiming that it too is a victim.
Security firm McAfee on Tuesday published the results of "Operation Shady RAT" (where RAT stands for Remote Access Tool), which the company describes as "the most comprehensive analysis ever revealed of victim profiles from a five year operation by one specific actor." McAfee said it traced several cyber shenanigans back to a single server used by the intruders to hack into 72 organizations, including offices of the Associated Press, governments of the United States, the United Nations, and others agencies around the world.
China's determination to police the Internet in any and every way it sees fit seems to have no bounds. The country's officials have outdone themselves this time by ordering all public spaces offering Wi-Fi access to install specific software police can use to identify people using the service, state media said today according to the Associated Free Press.
One of the ongoing stories last year was how Foxconn workers in China were committing suicide amid reports of poor working conditions and low pay. Foxconn vowed to improve its operations, and it's been relatively quiet ever since, at least until now. According to an AFP report, a 21-year-old employee who only started working for Foxconn on June 27, jumped out of his on-site dormitory and died as a result.
China talks big when it comes to the Internet. Not just big as in "Shutting down 1.3 million Chinese websites in 2010," but also big as in "Holy crap that's a lot of people on the Internet." A Chinese non-profit group with ties to the government says the country's population continues to jump on the Interwebs bandwagon in droves. Heck, they claim the number of Chinese people who use Internet-enabled cellphones now outnumber the entire US population. But some experts are little leery of the numbers being tossed around.
The powers that be at China’s leading search engine Baidu are taking a textbook approach to business expansion, turning to Google’s Internet Dominance for Dummies whenever they are short on ideas. Taking a cue from Google, the Chinese web giant has developed a web browser of its own. After months of internal testing, Baidu on Monday began offering a public beta version of its browser.
China's a great place to go if you want to find a company to manufacture some hardware components, but it's a little less awesome if you want to, say, blog about making those components. The country's ramped up its assault on the Internet over the past few years, jailing "immoral" citizens and shutting down websites left and right. Now, China's bragging about its heavy-handedness; the country boasts that its iron grip strangled the life out of over 1.3 million websites last year alone.
Business Insider recently reported that China is trying to buy a $1.2 billion stake in Facebook, giving the country "a huge chunk" of the world's most popular social playground. If you're an active Facebook user, China's interest in Zuckerberg's social networking site is a scary one given the country's penchant for censorship. But should you really be concerned?
Google on Wednesday issued a warning that hackers based in China weaseled their way into hundreds of Gmail accounts, including those of U.S. government officials, Chinese political activists, officials in several Asian countries (mostly South Korea), military personnel, and journalists, among others. Every indication is that these were targeted attacks and not just random victims.