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 This day in cyberpunk:, Massive hacking campaign by China(?)
Yi Lee
Posted: Aug 3 2011, 08:39 PM


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Really arresting series of articles coming out today on long-term (5+ years) hacking attacks that were pretty brazen in their chutzpah. Some of the more prominent headlines:

"State actor" behind slew of cyber attacks

Governments, IOC and UN hit by massive cyber attack

War 2.0: China Suspected in Massive Cyberattack on U.N., U.S. Gov't, and More

I've long wondered why Cyberpunk and, to a lesser extent Steampunk, never really took off in China as major fictive genres despite the substantial presence of a massive (state-sponsored) hacking culture there. Or sci-fi dealing with issues of post-modern inter-textuality, simulacrum, and virtual reality.

As an American, I know there's massive NSA signal monitoring going on all around us but at least we have a large body of authors, graphic novelists, and filmmakers probing the verities of life inside the on-line "Matrix." But you've millions of "human flesh engines" over there doing constant self-surveillance, occasionally catalyzing into flash lynch mobs to smack down dissent--and, of the flip side, bringing despised wrongdoers to the public eye--but considering how much cat-and-mouse action is taking place inside the Great Firewall, very little film, TV, or books are coming out of China exploring the ethically murky digital situation found therein.

Anyone here know of any mainstream books or movies dealing with hacking, virtual reality, industrial espionage, etc originating from China? Have I just been looking in the wrong places?
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