Aug 5, 2011

ASEAN So Victim 'World's Largest Cyber ​​Attacks'

Security researchers have discovered a series of cyber attacks are touted as the largest in the world. The victims, including ASEAN, the government and large corporations.

The existence of the attack was revealed by security firm McAfee. , There were 72 parties who become victims of a series of attacks that lasted for 5 years.

List of victims was not kidding. Starting from the United Nations (UN), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to the International Olympic Committee.

In addition, various governmental networks also became targets of this attack. Including the United States, Taiwan, India, South Korea, Vietnam and Canada.

As for the list of companies that become victims, McAfee did not want to disclose it. But is expected to include major companies and famous in the world.

Great and Terrible

This is terrible, the actors do not publish their attack as did Anonymous-style group, or other LulzSec. The information obtained is used for the benefit of suspected perpetrators.

For example, when breaking into the UN secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, actors in the network ngendon United Nations for two years. Allegedly, during that time, they open up and steal confidential information in there.

McAfee says that behind these attacks is a "government actor". McAfee, however, would not say who or where the state government in question.

"Even we were surprised how large and diverse victims became targets and also hardly believe how the perpetrators are very brave," said Dmitri Alperovitch, Vice President of Threat Research at McAfee.

The big question, said Alperovich, is what the perpetrators of the data collected. One thing that is possible, the information obtained can be used to make products that can beat or compete with them for which data is stolen property.

"This is the largest intellectual property theft in history. The scale of this event is really scary," said Alperovich.

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