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McAfee traces source of attacks

Computer security company McAfee has issued a report detailing afive-year hacking scheme that targeted countries, companies and numerousorg­aniza­tions. McAfee says there were more than 70 intrusions fromthe same source over the past five years, including four in Canada.

Computer security company McAfee has issued a report detailing a five-year hacking scheme that targeted countries, companies and numerous org­aniza­tions. McAfee says there were more than 70 intrusions from the same source over the past five years, including four in Canada.

The earliest, in July 2008, targeted an unidentified Canadian information technology company for four months, then the Montreal-based World Anti-Doping Agency was infiltrated for 14 months in August 2009.

McAfee says two unidentified Canadian government agencies were targeted — the first in October 2009 for six months and the second in January 2010 for one month.

It says the governments of the U.S., Taiwan, India, South Korea and Vietnam were also on the target list, along with the IOC, the United Nations and an array of companies. The report’s author, Dmitri Alperovitch, says most victims have long since addressed the infections.

McAfee has dubbed the scheme Operation Shady RAT, an acronym for Remote Access Tool.

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