London, Aug 3 (ANI): Indian government networks were amongst the victims of the biggest organized cyber attack campaign in history during the past five years.
According to a report by security expert McAfee, the attacks involving the infiltration of the networks of 72 organizations worldwide, also includes the Governments of the United States, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam and Canada, the Telegraph reports.
The victims of the five-year campaign also include 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.
“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 report.What is happening to all this data is still largely an open question,” Alperovitch said.
“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,” he added.
McAfee revealed that some of the attacks lasted just a month, but the longest, on the Olympic Committee of an unidentified Asian nation, went on and off for 28 months.
Alperovitch said that McAfee had notified all the 72 victims of the attacks, which are under investigation by law enforcement agencies across the world.
The security company said it believed there was one ‘state actor’ behind the attacks but declined to name it.
However, a security expert who has been briefed on the hacking said the evidence points to China. (ANI)