McAfee Reports of Massive 5-Year Hacking Plot

August 3, 2011

Computer software security firm McAfee, has uncovered evidence of a five-year-long hacking effort of more than 70 government and private organizations—and experts are pointing to China as the likely culprit. McAfee’s report says it found security breaches dating back to mid-2006 and included one attack that lasted for 28 straight months against an unidentified Asian country’s national Olympic committee. Targets include the Associated Press, the International Olympic Committee, the United Nations, a U.S. Department of Energy lab, and a dozen U.S. security firms. All the evidence came from a single server, and McAfee said hundreds of other servers have been used in similar attacks. While McAfee did not name a culprit, a computer expert familiar with the study said the attacks, the biggest ever recorded, appear to have originated in China. The hackers were apparently after information on such matters as U.S. military systems, satellite communications, electronics, and natural-gas companies.


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