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Nortel collapse linked to Chinese hackers - CBC

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"...That kind of hacking, said David Skillicorn of Queen's University in Ontario, may have been just as responsible, if not more, for the Nortel collapse than the dot-com bubble or the scandal that has three former company executives facing trial for fraud..." Read more: Hacking might have killed Nortel ---

"..The company discovered in 2004 that the hackers had accessed internal networks reaching all the way to former CEO Mike Zafirovsky’s office...

...Mr. Shields said that when he told senior management that Mr. Zafirovsky’s computer had been compromised and suggested drastic action, he was met with indifference.

Nortel, which has been broken apart and sold off in recent years, did not respond to a request for comment..." Read more: Nortel got no help from the RCMP Ottawahitech (talk) 14:14, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

More about hacking Nortel here: Julian_Assange#Hacking_and_conviction Ottawahitech (talk) 14:38, 16 February 2012 (UTC)
I agree with the quoted analyst that any hacking that occurred isn't a key cause of Nortel's ultimate demise (and the cited computer professor was just offering his own personal speculation; he doesn't have any business analysis credentials to lend credence to his thoughts). Nortel's handling of its balance sheet is a fully reasonable explanation behind its problems; by Occam's Razor, there's no need to look for more fanciful explanations. (This is not to say that any network intrusion was not a significant security issue for Nortel products and its customers.) isaacl (talk) 14:56, 16 February 2012 (UTC)