August 3, 2011- Experts have uncovered the largest group of cyber attacks on record involving 72 organizations that include the United Nations, companies across the globe and governments.
McAfee the security company is the group that discovered the infiltrations and believes the perpetrators were one “state actor.”
They declined to say who they thought is was but on insider that was in the briefing said the evidence says it is China.
Victims in the five year ordeal include many governments like the United States, India, Taiwan, South Korea, Canada and Vietnam. Other victims included ASEAN – the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the World Anti-Doping Agency, the International Olympic Committee and many different companies from high tech to defense contractors.
In 2008 the computer system at the UN Secretariat was hacked in Geneva and was hidden for over two years and went through reams of data that was secret.
In March of this year the hacking campaign’s extent was uncovered by McAfee. The earliest breaches go all the way to 2006 and there may be more to uncover as the investigation continues.
The attacks were of varying lengths as some were just for a month while others were longer. The longest attack was against an unidentified Asian country’s Olympic Committee and lasted for over 28 months.