Thursday, August 4, 2011

Operation Shady RAT revealed by McAfee

When you are in the world of hacking and penetration testing then you will have lots of sleepless nights. Thats true , even thhough I am not professionally involved in this but still in order to keep up the pace with the super fast changing networking world I have to cut many hours of sleep (Engineers love to sleep as they dont get it much) .
The heat of Operation Aurora had not yet reduced and the world got shook with another high profile hacking called "Operation Shady RAT" . McAfee Vice president Dmitri Alperovitch today revealed this . He said that this high profile scam included stealing of intellectual data from several top organizations including United Nations .

Alperovitch writes quite alarmingly:

I am convinced that every company in every conceivable industry with significant size and valuable intellectual property and trade secrets has been compromised (or will be shortly), with the great majority of the victims rarely discovering the intrusion or its impact. In fact, I divide the entire set of Fortune Global 2000 firms into two categories: those that know they’ve been compromised and those that don’t yet know.

. . . What we have witnessed over the past five to six years has been nothing short of a historically unprecedented transfer of wealth — closely guarded national secrets (including from classified government networks), source code, bug databases, email archives, negotiation plans and exploration details for new oil and gas field auctions, document stores, legal contracts, SCADA configurations, design schematics and much more has “fallen off the truck” of numerous, mostly Western companies and disappeared in the ever-growing electronic archives of dogged adversaries.

This is a very alarming situation for various organizations and security professionals around the world . The clear extent of theft of data is still not known .
Read the complete article Here.



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