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Shady Rat Attacks Hit 70 Organizations, 14 Countries

Operation Shady Rat, a massive cyber-espionage campaign, has been under way for five years against national governments, global companies, nonprofits, and others, says McAfee.

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A massive advanced persistent threat (APT)-type attack campaign has been ongoing worldwide for five years that has stolen intellectual property from 70 government agencies, international corporations, nonprofits, and others in 14 countries, according to a new published report in Vanity Fair.

The so-called "Operation Shady Rat," which is detailed in a new report by McAfee, has mostly hit U.S.-based organizations and government agencies (49 of the 70 victims), but government agencies in Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, and Canada are among its victims, as are organizations in Japan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Denmark, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, and India, according to the Vanity Fair article.

Some 14 U.S. Defense contractors are among the targets, as is the International Olympic Committee, the United Nations, the World Anti-Doping Agency, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

According to the report, the attackers have lifted sensitive government information, email, legal contracts, and design documents.

Dmitri Alperovitch, vice president of threat research at cybersecurity firm McAfee, reportedly first caught wind of the attacks in 2009 during a forensics investigation of a U.S. defense contractor client.

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