The New York Times broke the story of "GhostNet"
, a globe-spanning infiltration of computers, most of which are controlled by various governments. In investigating malware at the offices of the Dalai Lama, security researchers found a much larger operation. "Their 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 Lamas 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.
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