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Security vendor McAfee earlier this week revealed Operation Shady Rat, a long-running series of network intrusions and acts of data theft that preyed on organizations all over the world. "The threat is absolutely real and serious, and McAfee has been aware of it for many years, as have many others," Dmitri Alperovitch, vice president of threat research at McAfee, told TechNewsWorld. McAfee has worked with law enforcement groups to keep them apprised of Shady Rat, Alperovitch said. However, the right solution might entail taking a more sweeping approach.
Why all of sudden did McAfee come out with this now? Could it be that has really slowed and operating systems are getting better at thwarting malware on its own? Could it be this is just a way to get people interested in security and put some fear back into the minds of users?