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Governments, IOC and UN Hit By Massive Cyber Attack 122

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the because-mcafee-says-so dept.
fysdt writes "IT security firm McAfee claims to have uncovered one of the largest ever series of cyber attacks. It lists 72 different organisations that were targeted over five years, including the International Olympic Committee, the UN and security firms. McAfee will not say who it thinks is responsible, but there is speculation that China may be behind the attacks. Beijing has always denied any state involvement in cyber-attacks, calling such accusations 'groundless.'"
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Governments, IOC and UN Hit By Massive Cyber Attack

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  • by Mysticeti (69304) on Wednesday August 03, 2011 @09:32AM (#36972420)

    I get several emails a day alerting me to the fact that yet another IP address has been banned for brute force attacking a server I have on the internet. For a while I tried to track down where these attacks were coming from and I was amazed at both the diversity of countries of origin and also the sheer number coming from China.

    Now just because the attack is coming from an IP address in China doesn't mean all that much. It would be a stretch to conclude the attacks are state sponsored. But I find it odd that for a country with such authoritarian control over 'net usage somebody somewhere in their government isn't either aware of this. I tend to think that if they're not supporting they're at least sanctioning the attacks.

    I fully admit that this is anecdotal at best and would love to hear from others who have servers on the 'net that have kept more detailed records.

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