Did A Decade-Long Hack Trigger Nortel’s Demise?

A day after it was announced that Canadian telecommunications firm Nortel had been hacked for nearly 10 years, a prominent expert on sophisticated cyber attacks says the lengthy breach may have contributed to the company’s eventual collapse.

During the Reagan Administration, the ‘government waste’ meme was all about $600 toilet seats and $300 hammers. Those looking for a more contemporary example of how government procurement gets it wrong might point, instead, to Project 25 (P25), a decade old effort to provide first responders and federal officials with a reliable and secure emergency radio system.

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