Remember, there are only 194 countries in the world…

By Deane Barker on October 20, 2007

Official: International hackers going after U.S. networks: 140 of 194 is…72% of the world, trying to hack our government. Nice.

About 140 foreign intelligence organizations are trying to hack into the computer networks of the U.S. government and U.S. companies, a top counterintelligence official said.

The nation’s electronic systems are too easy to hack, and the number of world-class hackers is “multiplying at bewildering speed,” he said at a symposium on cyber security Friday.

That, he said, has transformed the nature of counterintelligence: “If you can exfiltrate massive amounts of information electronically from the comfort of your own office on another continent, why incur the expense and risk of running a traditional espionage operation?”

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Comments

  1. I’m not sure if the 192 is supposed to be the number of countries or the number of foreign intelligence agencies. The fact that you used the expression “of the world” suggests that it is the number of countries that you’re relying on. If that’s right, then you need to adjust your math by counting intelligence agencies.

  2. I’m not sure if the 192 is supposed to be the number of countries or the number of foreign intelligence agencies.

    Good point. My math is flawed.

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