The other day in the Times it was reported that Rolls-Royce and Royal Dutch Shell had fallen foul of Chinese espionage attacks. A few days earlier the Times also ran an exclusive about how MI5 were aware that China were waging a cyberwar against the West.
Imagine my surprise then when I discovered in my referer logs that someone had emailed this post about HMRC recruiting for security analysts to a Gmail account which was open in Hanoi, Vietnam, by someone working at the Communist state-owned former Science and Technology Ministry now known as the The Corporation for Financing and Promoting Technology.
Let us hope that either the Vietnamese Communists are being used as a benign proxy, or that HMRC have full-scale security vetting of applicants. Otherwise the loss of 25 million data records may become small fry compared to state secrets about the Revenue and Customs systems of the UK.