Their (Munk Center for International Studies at the University of Toronto) sleuthing opened a window into a broader operation that, in less than two years, has infiltrated at least 1,295 computers in 103 countries, including many belonging to embassies, foreign ministries and other government offices, as well as the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan exile centers in India, Brussels, London and New York.
The researchers, who have a record of detecting computer espionage, said they believed that in addition to the spying on the Dalai Lama, the system, which they called GhostNet, was focused on the governments of South Asian and Southeast Asian countries.
Intelligence analysts say many governments, including those of China, Russia and the United States, and other parties use sophisticated computer programs to covertly gather information.
As a veteran of eight years in the physical security industry, access control division, I suspect, but do not know for sure, that cyber-security is similar to physical security.
You can take all the provisions in the world to make it difficult for someone to break into a building, but, if someone really wants to get in and doesn’t care about the cost or about getting caught, you can’t stop them; you can just hope to catch them when they do.