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China’s Cyber Assault on Brian Milburn’s Solid Oak Software

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Brian Milburn gives us a rare look at the activities of Chinese cyber hackers committing corporate espionage to steal codes, take credit for new software,  and relentlessly  harass  and cyber attack a company and personal lives in efforts to stop a lawsuit.

Imagine  mobile and computer cameras spying on your personal and corporate life plus personal, corporate and related attorney’s emails and files on corporate servers accessed by the entity you are suing in court.

Milburn and his company Solid Oak Software lived a three year nightmare of their privacy being violated and crimes perpetrated  on his life and business with the blessing of the Chinese government.

Cyber hackers and  attackers  backed by the  Chinese Government on stolen software codes collapsed Brian Milburn’s Solid Oak Software business,   efforts to remedy eventually weakened his heath  and yet he did not back down during the three year legal  and cyber war.

University of Michigan researchers examined the code and verified  it  used to create internet babysitting software  touted by the Chinese Government  as their own which was the center of this corporate espionage

Retaliation, attack and harrasment began after Milburn publically accuse china of taking his parent filtering software called CYBERsitter and sued the People’s Republic of China where in three years he never once saw a lawyer, nor documents from China attorneys because they never filed one except one short request to have the case dismissed.

A one man battle unit  and without any assistance from any U.S. government agency,  he tried to stay one step ahead of the hackers endlessly making maneuvers to protect his network, swapping out servers, trying to determine middle of the night malfunctions and watching his sales decline rapidly. Later he  learned hackers interfered with his order system by then it was too late.

“It felt like they had a plan,” says Brian Milburn.  “If they could just put the company out of business, the lawsuit goes away. They didn’t need guys with guns or someone to break my kneecaps.”

The intruders were identified by Jose Stewart of Secureworks, a threat expert,  that the hackers were out of Shanghai who were known for their national security breaches for a number of years known as the “comment” group as identified  also by other commercial hacker hunters.

This group has hacked into the president of the European Union Council, major defense contractors and even Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.  The group has been linked to the People’s Liberation Army, China’s military, according to leaked classified cables.

Two months after the court was settled, the cyber attacks stopped.

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References:

TheRegister.co.uk
DFINews.com
GeekSlop.com
Bloomberg.com

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