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'Aurora' Cyber Attackers Were Really Running Counter-Intelligence
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:51:52 -0500 (CDT)

http://www.cio.com/article/732122/_Aurora_Cyber_Attackers_Were_Really_Running_Counter_Intelligence?taxonomyId=3089

By Kenneth Corbin
CIO.com
April 22, 2013

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Some of the hackers involved in the infamous Aurora attacks executed from China against dozens of major American companies were believed to be running a counter-intelligence operation probing whether the U.S. government had uncovered the identity of clandestine agents operating in the United States, according to Dave Aucsmith, senior director of Microsoft's Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments.

Aucsmith, speaking last week at a government IT conference Microsoft hosted here at this Washington suburb, outlined a starkly different version of the attacks than the assessment that Google offered in the bombshell revelation it made in January 2010.

Google had said that the attackers were trying to infiltrate the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights advocates, describing "a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google."

The view from Redmond was different.

Aucsmith does not challenge Google's description of the attacks, but says that Microsoft's analysis concluded that the hackers seeking to infiltrate its systems were apparently working under a motivation that had little if anything to do with the issues of human rights and repression widely associated with the Aurora operation.

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