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Vast Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries




Vast Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries
Vast Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries



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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/29/technology/29spy.html 

By JOHN MARKOFF
The New York Times
March 28, 2009

TORONTO -- A vast electronic spying operation has infiltrated computers 
and has stolen documents from hundreds of government and private offices 
around the world, including those of the Dalai Lama, Canadian 
researchers have concluded.

In a report to be issued this weekend, the researchers said that the 
system was being controlled from computers based almost exclusively in 
China, but that they could not say conclusively that the Chinese 
government was involved.

The researchers, who are based at the Munk Center for International 
Studies at the University of Toronto, had been asked by the office of 
the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader whom China regularly 
denounces, to examine its computers for signs of malicious software, or 
malware.

Their sleuthing opened a window into a broader operation that, in less 
than two years, has infiltrated at least 1,295 computers in 103 
countries, including many belonging to embassies, foreign ministries and 
other government offices, as well as the Dalai Lama=E2=80=99s Tibetan exile 
centers in India, Brussels, London

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