Attack on Google points up danger of source-code hacks

01/19/2010 | NYTimes.com

Attacks by Chinese hackers on Google have highlighted the perils of "Trojan horse" infiltration of companies' source codes. If hackers can make undetected changes to code, they could spy on a widespread and ongoing basis. Hacking a Cisco router, for example, "could provide the perfect over-the-shoulder view of everything coming out of a network," says Jeff Moss, a security expert on the Homeland Security Advisory Council.

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