Fear of stealth hackers
One of the biggest fears that software companies have is that someday hackers will manage to steal the source code of their products and modify it so that they can secretly access resources of the company or of individuals without leaving a trace.
They could use this back door for corporate espionage to gain the upper hand on the market, or for money theft. But what is considered to be the biggest danger behind this kind of attack is the possibility that military information could also be compromised.
According to The New York Times, this is why this latest Chinese hackers’ attack on Google and 30 other companies has raised many questions and fears. With the amount of source code their solutions contain, it is a daunting task to check it all.
Google and Adobe maintain that no sensitive information has been compromised by the attacks, but maybe they shouldn’t be looking for information that got out, but for information that went in?