By Robin Wauters
January 17, 2010
Computer and software security company McAfee last week identified a
vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer as a key vector in the
cyberattacks that hit Google and over 30 other companies in a
high-profile, multi-staged and concentrated effort to hack into specific
computer systems in order to obtain intellectual property.
Redmond has since issued a security advisory and later published its own
risk assessment of the zero-day threat. This morning, McAfee announced
that it is offering consumers and businesses further guidance on what it
refers to as "Operation Aurora".
And it's bringing out the superlatives to describe the attacks.
George Kurtz, McAfee's worldwide chief technology officer, has been
blogging about how the browser vulnerability was exploited for the
cyberheist and is now quoted in this morning's press release as saying
that it is the "largest and most sophisticated cyberattack we have seen
in years targeted at specific corporations".
Kurtz stops short of saying that the planet nearly stopped spinning, but
refers to the attack as a "watershed moment in cybersecurity" that has
"changed the world".
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