Security experts have discovered the biggest series of cyber attacks to date, involving the infiltration of the networks of 72 organizations including the United Nations and governments and companies around the world. California-based security company McAfee, which uncovered the intrusions, believes there was one “state actor” behind the attacks, but so far they haven’t named that actor. One security expert, who has been briefed on the hacking, says the evidence points to China. Jim Lewis, a cyber expert with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said it was very likely China that was behind the campaign because some of the targets had information that would be of particular interest to Beijing.
The long list of victims in the five-year campaign are said to include the governments of the United States, Taiwan, India, South Korea, Vietnam and Canada; the Association of Southeast Asian Nations; the International Olympic Committee; the World Anti-Doping Agency; and a broad range of companies, from defense contractors to high-tech enterprises. It was reported in the case of the United Nations, that the hackers broke into the computer system of its secretariat in Geneva in 2008, hid there for nearly two years, and quietly combed through a tremendous amount of secret data. McAfee has notified all 72 victims of the attacks, which are under investigation by law enforcement agencies around the world. Thus far, McAfee, acquired by Intel Corp. earlier this year, has not said that China was responsible.
Source: Insurance Journal
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