In a cyber attack recently uncovered by McAfee Security, 72 organizations across the world were targeted for periods of up to five years in an attack being described by some as the largest of its kind. Dubbed “Operation Shady RAT”, targets of the attack included multinational corporations, tech companies, defense contractors, the UN, and various governments. Many believe only a “state actor” could be behind the attacks, and while few are naming names outright, fingers, as always, are eager to point at China. Why, you ask? Well, the targeting of multiple Asian countries and ASEAN were the first clues. But the dead giveaway was the hacking into the Olympics committees of multiple countries preceding the Beijing Olympics. Really, China, you should have known better. What other country on earth with that kind of espionage power would direct it at international sports bodies?
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Gee, I wonder who that someone might be?
Actually, it could be a legitimate question. Was it the government? Was it the military? Was it a group of angry nationalist hackers? All realistic possibilities. As The Atlantic reports:
Google announced today it discovered a phishing attack from China specifically targeting senior U.S. government officials, Chinese political activists, journalists and military personnel. A statement posted on the official Google blog says hundreds of e-mail accounts were hacked into by “bad actors” originating from Jinan, China. “The goal of this effort seems to have been to monitor the contents of these users’ emails, with the perpetrators apparently using stolen passwords to change peoples’ forwarding and delegation settings,” wrote Google engineering director Eric Grosse. According to The Wall Street Journal, the attack risks “further complicating relations between the Internet giant” and China, which has the highest number of Internet users.
Government spokesmen are already claiming that it has nothing to do with them, and any accusations against China are groundless. Jinan is one of the regional PLA headquarters… but that’s just a coincidence, right?