The Biggest Hack Ever Discovered

The Security Experts at McAfee have discovered the biggest cyber attack in the history which has infiltrated the networks of the United Nations, various governments and many multinational companies.

McAfee’s security experts who uncovered this attack believed a “specific country” was behind these attacks. Though they didn’t take any name, but hinted that Chinese hackers and possibly Chinese Government was behind these attacks.

This attack was not done over night rather it was a 5 year long operation code named “Operation Shady Rat”. McAfee came to know about these attacks in March when it was reviewing the contents of one of its servers.

Governments of United States, India, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam and Canada were some of the targets. Some of the International agencies like Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the World Anti-Doping Agency were also targeted. Big tech giants were also targeted but their names and information were not disclosed.

Our take on this news is that if China is behind these attacks, it is acting like a coward who just wants to bully other nations and sometimes its own people. China should not forget that the countries that it targeted were one of the biggest contributors in its GDP.

What do you guys think about these attacks? Are these attacks an act of cowardice or is it an ugly display of power?

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HTC To Appeal Apple Patent Ruling

HTC is going to appeal a ruling by a United States trade body which accuses it for the infringement of two patents held by Apple Inc. Last year, Apple filed a complaint against HTC with the US International Trade Commission accusing it of violating ten patents related to the iPhone.

HTC said that it will “vigorously fight” these two remaining patents through an appeal before the ITC commissioners who make the final decision. According to HTC, it will use “all means possible” to defend itself.

HTC general counsel Grace Lei said in a statement that, “We strongly believe we have alternate solutions in place for the issues raised by Apple. We look forward to resolving this case.”

The patents which, according to Apple, were violated by HTC deal with how the phone handles data sent to it from other devices over a network and how a device opens an e-mail.

HTC continues to deny all allegations of Apple over its patents and is seriously planning to protect its intellectual property which has been targeted by the American giant since last year.

As the competition in the smartphone market is on increase, more patent related disputes in near future won’t come off as a surprise.

What do you guys think?

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