Skip to comments.Operation Shady RAT: China again
Posted on 08/06/2011 8:18:49 AM PDT by darkwing104
A shocking report titled Operation Shady RAT released by Dmitri Alperovitch,Vice President of Threat Research at McAfee revealed the existence of long standing cyber spying aimed at stealing intellectual property and trade secrets from western based firms.
The folks a McAfee gained access to a server that was used by the hackers and downloaded logs that reveal the full extent of the victim population since mid-2006 when the log collection began. They noted this is when the event logs began but agreed the cyber-espionage program may have been in operation before 2006. So far,it is unknown what information was downloaded and how much.
China, the usual suspect
The leading suspect in this operation is China. The Chinese regularly use cyber-espionage to gain advantages over adversaries in manufacturing and military arenas. Hacking is not new to the Chinese and is most likely a key component in the daily operations of its intelligence collection agencies. Since Industry and other activities are government controlled it would make sense that a dedicated group of Chinese cyber warriors would attack a wide range of targets from the various Olympic Committees,Press Companies,to military contractors. As Alperovitch,pointed out,I would like to caution you that what I have described here has been one specific operation conducted by a single actor/group.
U.S officials were caught by surprise
>>>>>U.S officials were caught by surprise.
you’re kidding! but we have all those intelligent people in our government.
You know the Chinese miss the good old days when they could just buy all the top US secrets they wanted for a few crummy political donations to the Clintons.
If you click on the name Dmitri Alperovitch in the article it will take you to the original McAfee blog. The information there is scary.
The folks at McAfee earned their pay with this report.
Jim do you think the Taliban shot down the chopper with a Chinese weapon?
From the reports I am seeing it was a lucky hit from from a RPG, most likely Chinese but supplied by the Pakistanis. Any intelligence or warning provided to the Taliban would have been done by rouge Pakistanis ISI agents who are still angry over the Bin Laden raid.
Shooting down helicopters is an old al Qeada tactic they perfected against the Russians and first used against Americans in Somalia.