Intel Cops to January Attack in Filing


A regulatory filing from Intel notes that the company was attacked alongside a number of other large tech players in January, underscoring the comments of security experts who say we’re no longer living in the age of “hackers working out of a basement.”


Intel on Tuesday acknowledged that it, too, was the victim of a “sophisticated” cyber
attack in January, right around the time Google, Adobe Systems, and
more than two dozen other U.S.-based companies were infiltrated by hackers using a
zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser as part of what has
become known as “Operation Aurora.”

In its annual
report
filed with Securities and Exchange Commission, Intel said that “one recent and
sophisticated ‘cyber attack’ incident occurred in January 2010 around the same time as
the recently publicized security incident reported by Google.”

Intel officials said the January attack didn’t result in the loss of any intellectual
property or damage to its network and wasn’t as “broad-based” as the attack described by
Google, Adobe, and others.

“These attempts, which might be the result of industrial or other espionage, or
actions by hackers seeking to harm the company, its products, or end users, are sometimes
successful,” the company said in its 10-K filing. “We seek to detect and investigate
these security incidents and to prevent their recurrence, but in some cases we might be
unaware of an incident or its magnitude and effects.”

Read “Intel Hit By Cyber Attack” at eSecurity Planet

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