TBell - good analysis, but have to challenge you on this part ...
Originally Posted by TBell
You didn't read Wikileak stories about Apple's servers being hacked and China gaining lots of confidential information.
If you remember last summer, iTunes got hacked Big Time - least by Apple Standards
Believe a significant number of Credit Cards/User Data/etc was stolen in some fashion
Even cleaned me out of $20.00 I had lying around from a Gift Certificate
(which Apple made good on, and reimbursed, ty)
And, to my knowledge, was coming from China, or least through it
(mine sure did, was 20 Chinese Pop Songs they downloaded, then they sent me an email bragging about it afterward, ha ha)
But, to be fair, think most of the damage was to Accounts with Simple Passwords
(mine was, any fool could have easily guessed it, and did - smile)
Now, I believe, Apple requires all iTunes Accounts to have "Industrial Strength" Passwords
And on a related matter ...
Don't get me started on China Hacking the Internet
Can thank Microsoft for opening that door
When they GAVE the China Government the API's and Keys to Holy of Holies
In order to ensure China would go with Microsoft, and not Linux/Unix/Open Source
Same deal with Russia - look up the 'hack job stories' about some International Researchers working in Siberia (somewhere) who had to deal with the fallout from Russian Authorities, with Microsoft's help, claiming the Scientists computers were using "pirated" software.
Yea, no need to hack too hard if those who designed the 'safe' give the 'thieves' the 'combinations to the lock' - dig ?
AND - read about the China Government "data dump" when, last Fall I believe, they "took over" the Internet and routed about 70% of all Global Traffic through China. Lasted for about 10 minutes before 'whoever' in the 'control centers' figured out what was going on and pulled the plug.
Don't know for sure, but willing to bet that could not have been possible without 'help' from Microsoft, in some fashion either in the past or present.