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GhostNet was a world-wide cyber espionage network, which targeted organizations and individuals in 103 countries and used malicious software to steal sensitive information. It

involved a sophisticated infiltration of many computers used by governments and non-governmental organizations who had diplomatic contacts with China. Indian embassies were infected as were the Dali Lama's information systems. Through sophisticated counter-hacking, the Canadians were able to trace the cybersignal back to control systems in Hainan, China (perhaps coincidentally, the home of a Chinese signals intelligence facility).[1]


  1. National Security Threats in Cyberspace, at 5.

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