Since the first computer was connected to the internet we've seen a steady stream of a new malware variants and cyber scams doing the rounds. However, it's only in the last few years things have really heated up, with a number of startling revelations showing it's not just criminals playing fast and loose with the law and online data.
Since 2011 when the infamous Stuxnet malware was discovered, researchers have uncovered evidence that many of the most dangerous known hack campaigns are actually being carried out by government agencies. This is troubling as the attacks' cutting-edge technologies make them close to impossible to protect against. Worse still, the campaigns also give the average cyber criminal ideas about ways to improve their own attacks.
As a consequence, even if a business is not the direct victim of a government attack, their CIO still needs to stay savvy and learn from the state victim's plight. To help with this we've come up with a definitive list of the 10 worst state-sponsored hack campaigns that IT managers need to be aware of.
10. Shady RAT
Shady RAT is a remote access Trojan (RAT), which hit the headlines in 2011 after McAfee discovered numerous governments' and companies' networks had been compromised as part of a mass scale state-sponsored hacking campaign.
McAfee learned of the campaign after it gained access to a command-and-control server used by the attackers and collected log details revealing all the victims since 2006.
The McAfee research revealed that during its peak the Shady RAT campaign spanned 14 countries and compromised a staggering 72 organisations - including the United Nations, defence contractors and even Olympic committees.
Operation Shady RAT shares many similarities with the Operation Aurora and Night Dragon hack campaigns, and is believed to have been funded by the Chinese government.
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