Intel recently reported to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it too was the victim of a sophisticated cyberattack last month, at about the same time Google was allegedly attacked by Chinese hackers. Intel made the revelation in its annual report to the Commission filed on February 22.
“We regularly face attempts by others to gain unauthorized access through the Internet to our information technology systems by, for example, masquerading as authorized users or surreptitious introduction of software,” the annual report said. “These attempts, which might be the result of industrial or other espionage, or actions by hackers seeking to harm the company, its products, or end users, are sometimes successful. One recent and sophisticated incident occurred in January 2010 around the same time as the recently publicized security incident reported by Google.”
Intel did not give details on the attack, or whether sensitive company information was stolen. Intel has however denied any link between the attack on the company and that against Google last month.