Global cyber attack under way for 5 years: Report
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Global cyber attack under way for 5 years: Report

A computer security firm says cybercriminals have spent at least the past five years targeting more than 70 government entities, nonprofit groups and corporations to steal troves of data.

world Updated: Aug 03, 2011 21:34 IST
AP

A computer security firm says cybercriminals have spent at least the past five years targeting more than 70 government entities, nonprofit groups and corporations to steal troves of data.

McAfee Inc. said in a report on Wednesday that the attacks have targeted a broad range of organizations, including the United Nations, the International Olympic Committee and companies mostly in the United States.

McAfee did not say who may be behind the attacks but says the culprit is likely a nation state.

The report is short on specifics, as the security firm is not naming most of the victims or exactly what data were stolen. Most of the victims are in the US, with a few in Canada, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and elsewhere.

First Published: Aug 03, 2011 21:33 IST