Friday, August 5, 2011

China denies being behind the great cyber-spying operation

Expected has happened. After they hinted that China may be the Government was behind the cyber-espionage operation uncovered this week, authorities in that country have flatly denied their connection with it. People's Daily, reported AFP, consider these irresponsible accusations and says it is untenable to link the Chinese Government to action against pirates.

McAfee's report, which cited China, would only aim to increase the customer base of that company. The Internet security consultant McAfee released a study that claims to have evidence that, for five years, a series of cyber spies infiltrated the servers and networks of international institutions ranging from the U.S. government to the International Olympic Committee and companies military.

McAfee did not specifically name the hand that is behind those dark attacks, but the kind of espionage, which affected 72 institutions in Europe, North America and Asia, re-cast suspicion on China. Among the infiltrators are traditional rivals of the country, the governments of U.S., Taiwan, Japan and South Korea, various Olympic committees in the context of the Beijing Games in 2008, and the group of nations in Southeast Asia UN.
The amount of stolen data reaches billions of kilobytes. "If a fraction of them is used for business competition or to negotiate with opponents," said Dmitri Alperovitch, vice president of threat research from McAfee, "this subtraction means a massive economic threat, not just industries or individual companies, but countries whole".

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