GhostNet: Who is really behind it?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Today saw the publication of a fascinating research paper by the Information Warfare Monitor project.

The paper, entitled “Tracking GhostNet: Investigating a Cyber Espionage Network”, investigates claims of alleged Chinese spying against Tibetan organisations including the Tibetan government-in-exile and the private office of the Dalai Lama.

However the investigation also uncovered evidence of a more widespread cyber espionage network, which the paper’s authors dubbed GhostNet.

According to the paper, GhostNet consisted of at least 1,295 compromised computers in 103 different countries. Many of the affected computers are said to belong to foreign ministries and embassies, as well as the offices of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.