I run into trouble all the time sending email because of my last name. i think if you work in a large company or government you should know about this situation.
Excerpt from ZDnet article
Cyber-warfare sounds like something from a science fiction novel. It’s not. It’s reality. Cyber-security firm McAfee claims to have uncovered a cyber-espionage campaign that’s been going on for five years against more than 70 public and private organizations in 14 countries.
The campaign, called “Operation Shady RAT” (remote access tool), was described by Dmitri Alperovitch, McAfee’s VP of threat research in a recent blog post: Revealed: Operation Shady RAT. According to Alperovitch, these attacks are major assaults against both countries and corporations.
He writes, “Having investigated intrusions such as Operation Aurora [China's attack on Google) and Night Dragon (systemic long-term compromise of Western oil and gas industry), as well as numerous others that have not been disclosed publicly, I am convinced that every company in every conceivable industry with significant size and valuable intellectual property and trade secrets has been compromised (or will be shortly), with the great majority of the victims rarely discovering the intrusion or its impact. In fact, I divide the entire set of Fortune Global 2000 firms into two categories: those that know they've been compromised and those that don't yet know. "
Sobering news for privacy on the internet - is there anything about you dont want anyone to know - well you can probably forget it - all your medical, banking, driving, insurance may be comprimised - it is a significant burden on systems administrators, security experts and the cost of computing
I recently got an iphone and they say it can be used to track everywhere i have been - oh well its nice that someone knows - why seems to be more innocently corporate than collecting my personal information. they want to know where i shop - demogrphics etc - its an invasion of privacy i am sure i will eventually regret but compared to these large scale chinese attacks on google etc it seems less frightening.
bottom line - assume no privacy