An attack on the networks of 72 organisations including the United Nations, governments, and international companies was just discovered by McAfee security experts.According to Reuters, McAfee believes there was one “state actor” responsible for the attack and while they officially refused to say who did it, one expert said all evidence points to China.
Victims include the United States, Taiwan, India, South Korea, Vietnam, Canada, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the International Olympic Committee, the World Doping organisation, and a long list of defence contractors and tech companies.
Dubbed “Operation Shady RAT” the discovery was unearthed after searching logs following defence company intrusions.
McAfee’s vice president of threat research explained to Reuters the scale of this discovery.
“Companies and government agencies are getting raped and pillaged every day. They are losing economic advantage and national secrets to unscrupulous competitors …“This is the biggest transfer of wealth in terms of intellectual property in history,” he said.”
“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.”
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