What is cyberspying?
Cyberspying is a form of cybercrime in which hackers target computer networks in order to gain access to classified or other information that is beneficial or beneficial to the hacker. Cyberspying is an ongoing process that takes place over time to obtain sensitive information. It can lead to anything from economic disaster to terrorism.
The potentially harmful consequences cyberspying not only cause government security breaches, but can also lead to the decryption of company secrets. This can be catastrophic for businesses if the attackers use stolen information to create copycat products and gain market share.
Cyberspying can be done by an individual, group, or groups. During the process, certain computers that contain precise information that the hacker is trying to obtain are targeted. Cyber spies can lurk in networks for weeks, months or years - however long they need to get the intellectual property they're looking for or get caught. Cyberspying is often targeted at government agencies to infiltrate top-secret military or security information.
Operation Shady Rat was a major cyberspying operation that lasted five years and was finally reported by McAfee Security in August 2011. Operation Shady Rat's scope has been huge, with corporate and government data stolen from more than 74 agencies and corporations around the world. including data from the International Olympic Committee and the United Nations.
Operation Shady Rat was started by spear phishing, which involved sending emails to unsuspecting employees who then downloaded attachments.