A new Wall Street Journal report reveals how hackers had access to Nortel Networks' corporate computer systems for nearly 10 years.
The report claims that, the attack started way back in 2000 and was initiated by the hackers based out of mainland china by using seven stolen passwords belonging to the telecom firm's executives.
The breach, which was followed by hackers installing spyware in Nortel's computer systems, ended up compromising many "technical papers, research-and-development reports, business plans, employee emails and other documents". This shocking revelation came from Brian Shields - the Nortel veteran who was heading the internal investigation in the case.
Mr Shields further revealed that the hackers had access to pretty much everything on Nortel's network, and also that it was entirely up to the perpetrators how they wanted to use this information.
Though it has been reported that the attacks originated from China, Sophos analyst Graham Cluley stated that blaming the Asian dragon immediately without having sufficient evidence was certainly not the appropriate thing to do.
"It's very hard to prove a Chinese involvement. Yes, the data might have been transmitted to an IP address based in Shanghai, but it is possible that a computer in Shanghai has been compromised by.. say.. a remote hacker in Belgium," Cluley explained, reported PC Mag.