China Is Behind Shady RAT, Experts Say

Experts have little doubt who's behind the multiyear APT attack that has successfully compromised at least 72 organizations

Dark Reading Staff, Dark Reading

August 4, 2011

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Were the recently disclosed Shady RAT attacks launched by people operating for -- or on behalf of -- China?

Shady RAT -- for remote access tool -- is the name of the "low and slow" attack detected by McAfee, and detailed in a report it released on Tuesday. According to McAfee, the attack successfully compromised at least 72 organizations, including 22 governmental agencies and contractors, 13 defense contractors, 23 businesses, and think tanks, political nonprofits, and other organizations.

McAfee said that a single entity was behind the attacks. While it declined to name a suspect, it did suggest that a nation state might be the perpetrator.

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