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china hacking people?

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posted on Aug, 3 2011 @ 04:47 PM
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im not sure if this is the right forum, or whatever. im surea mod could move this if nesessary. just saw this on yahoo, news.yahoo.com... . im not sure what to make of it. could it lead to a big deal? china trying to get all the info, all the dirt on everyone and then use it to, idk take over the world? who knows? its hard to tell what they will do with the information, but one things for certain, i dont like it.




posted on Aug, 3 2011 @ 05:13 PM
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Heya... here ya go -

China State actor seen in "enormous" range of cyber attacks


BOSTON (Reuters) - Security experts announced on Wednesday the discovery of an unprecedented series of cyber attacks spanning five years that affected the networks of 72 organizations globally, including the United Nations, governments and corporations.

Security company McAfee, which uncovered the intrusions, said it believed there was one "state actor" behind the attacks but declined to name it, though one security expert who has been briefed on the hacking said the evidence points to China.

The long list of victims in the extended campaign include the governments of the United States, Taiwan, India, South Korea, Vietnam and Canada; the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); the International Olympic Committee (IOC); the World Anti-Doping Agency; and an array of companies, from defense contractors to high-tech enterprises.

In the case of the United Nations, the hackers broke into the computer system of its secretariat in Geneva in 2008, hid there for nearly two years, and quietly combed through reams of secret data, according to McAfee.

"Even we were surprised by the enormous diversity of the victim organizations and were taken aback by the audacity of the perpetrators," McAfee's vice president of threat research, Dmitri Alperovitch, wrote in a 14-page report released on Wednesday.

"What is happening to all this data ... is still largely an open question. However, if even a fraction of it is used to build better competing products or beat a competitor at a key negotiation (due to having stolen the other team's playbook), the loss represents a massive economic threat."

McAfee learned of the extent of the hacking campaign in March this year, when its researchers discovered logs of the attacks while reviewing the contents of a "command and control" server that they had discovered in 2009 as part of an investigation into security breaches at defense companies.



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