Security software provider McAfee has said that the series of hacking attacks till date, which saw hackers penetrating into 72 networks worldwide, including those of United Nations, many world governments as well as quite a few high profile companies has been a part of a 5 year campaign.
McAfee also said that the primary suspect of these attacks is one “state actor”. However, the company refrained from pin pointing at any one in particular.
But, according to this report (opens in new tab) by the Guardian, a security expert who was briefed about the hacking revealed that the evidences obtained so far indicate towards China being that “state actor”.
The company also revealed that amongst the victims of these attacks, who were targeted for over almost 5 years, the governments of the US, India, Taiwan, South Korea, Canada and Vietnam were some prominent names. Not just that, even organisations such as World Anti-Doping Agency, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), The Association of South-east Asian Nations etc. also found themselves at the receiving end of these security breaches.
“Even we were surprised by the enormous diversity of the victim organisations and were taken aback by the audacity of the perpetrators," vice-president of threat research in McAfee, Dmitri Alperovitch, stated in his 14 pages report, released on Wednesday, according to the Guardian report.