* Bono Mack seeks more info on McAfee report
* Asks about hacking campaign's reach into consumers' data
By Jasmin Melvin
WASHINGTON, Aug 10 A U.S. congresswoman on
Wednesday requested more information on security company
McAfee's report detailing a five-year hacking campaign that
breached 72 organizations globally.
Representative Mary Bono Mack, chairman of the House
Commerce subcommittee with jurisdiction over cybersecurity,
said she was alarmed by the report on a slew of cyber attacks
that McAfee has dubbed "Operation Shady RAT."
In a letter to Dmitri Alperovitch, vice president of threat
research for McAfee and author of the report, Bono Mack
requested a briefing with his research team and asked how the
government and private sector could more effectively mitigate
McAfee uncovered the biggest hacking campaign discovered to
date, a multiyear campaign targeting governments, corporations,
the United Nations, defense contractors and others. Its report,
released last week, said a single "state actor" -- which the
company did not identify -- seeking military, diplomatic and
economic advantage was behind the attacks. [ID:nL3E7J32UM]
Intel Corp (INTC.O) acquired McAfee, the world's No. 2
maker of security software after Symantec Corp (SYMC.O), in a
$7.68 billion deal earlier this year to help it offer customers
using its chips more safety from hackers.
Bono Mack, in the letter, asked McAfee if it believed
greater public disclosure of significant, potentially damaging
breaches would help or harm efforts to curb cyber crime.
The congresswoman introduced legislation in July that would
require companies that collect consumers' personal information
to implement data security measures and notify consumers of
Bono Mack also asked about the five-year hacking campaign's
financial impact on the United States, and whether the company
found evidence that consumers' sensitive or personal
information was compromised.
The high-profile cyber attacks of recent months, including
breaches of Sony Corp (6758.T) and the websites of the U.S.
Senate and Central Intelligence Agency, are classified in
McAfee's report as unsophisticated and opportunistic compared
with the insidious intrusions of Operation Shady RAT.
Bono Mack's subcommittee on commerce, manufacturing and
trade has held several hearings on data security breaches, and
is probing into cyber attacks' effects on consumers,
international competitiveness and the U.S. economy.
In her letter to McAfee, she also sought a better
understanding of what hackers consider to be a greater target:
intellectual property and national security information or
consumer information linked to identity theft.
(Editing by Steve Orlofsky)