By Kim Zetter
February 23, 2010
Intel is the latest U.S. corporation to acknowledge that it was hacked
in January in a sophisticated attack that occurred at the same time that
Google, Adobe and others were targeted.
The giant California-based chipmaker was rumored to have been among some
34 companies that were targeted, but said on Tuesday there was no
evidence to tie its hack to the attack on Google and others.
"We did not see the kind of broad-based attack as described by Google,"
said Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy. "Companies routinely see hackers
trying to get into their system. It is a risk factor and that's why it
was in the 10-K. We've seen no loss of [intellectual property] as a
result of any of these attacks."
In its latest 10-K filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission,
Intel disclosed that it had been the target of a "sophisticated incident
[that] occurred in January 2010 around the same time as the recently
publicized security incident reported by Google."
The company did not indicate in its SEC filing what information was
taken, if any, or who was behind the attack and couched the disclosure
as just one of many regular attempts to invade its networks.
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