Are cyber spies looking at you? By Mikko Hypponen- BetaNews

A good-looking spy sips a cocktail after ingeniously breaking into a high-security compound and then casually walks away with some confidential documents. That’s what spies do in the movies. In the real world they are more likely to use a keyboard.

Spying is about collecting information. When information was still written on pieces of paper, a spy had to physically go and steal it. These days information is data on computers and networks, so modern spying is often carried out with the help of malware. The cyber spies use trojans and backdoors to infect their targets’ computers, giving them access to the data even from the other side of the world.

Who spends money on spying? Companies and countries do. When companies do it, it’s called industrial espionage. When countries do it, it’s just espionage.

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