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From: InfoSec News (alertsinfosecnews.org)
Date: Tue Apr 23 2013 - 00:51:52 CDT
By Kenneth Corbin
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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