By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
March 4, 2010
Hackers breaking into businesses and government agencies with targeted
attacks have not only stolen intellectual property, in some cases they
have corrupted data too, the head of the U.S. Federal Bureau of
Investigation said Thursday.
The United States has been under assault from these targeted
spear-phishing attacks for years, but they received mainstream attention
in January, when Google admitted that it had been hit and threatened to
pull its business out of China -- the presumed source of the attack --
as a result.
FBI Director Robert Mueller called these attacks a threat to the
nation's security on Thursday, speaking at the RSA Conference in San
Francisco. "Just one breach is all they need in order to open the
floodgates," he said, speaking about the hackers behind these
intrusions. "We have seen not only a loss of data, but also a corruption
of that data."
Mueller did not say exactly what he meant by corruption of data, but
security experts worry that if attackers are able to alter source code,
they might put back-doors or logic bombs in the software they gain
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