An electronic spy network has been set up in China and it was called GhostNet. It had infiltrated around 1300 computers in 100 countries. Most of the hacked computers were owners of ministries and embasies. The biggest hit was linked through the Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama.
Researchers also found that ministries of foreign affairs of Iran, Bangladesh, Latvia, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, Barbados and Bhutan appear to had been targeted. Hacked systems were also discovered in the embassies of countries including India, South Korea, Indonesia, Romania, Cyprus, Thailand, Germany and Pakistan.
Analysts say the attacks are in effect industrial espionage, with hackers showing an interest in the activities of lawmakers and major companies.
They say they believe the system, which they called GhostNet, was focused on governments in Asia. By installing malware on compromised computers, hackers were able to take control of them to send and receive classified data.
There is no conclusive evidence China’s government was behind it, researchers say. Beijing also denied involvement.