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Who Is Responsible For One of the Largest Internet Hacks Ever?

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Cyber attack on computer network. (PUGUN SJ / Getty Images)

Microsoft developer Andres Freund inadvertently discovered one of the largest internet hacks in history while conducting routine maintenance on his computer. Noticing his computer was a bit slow, he discovered a ‘backdoor’ that could have potentially given the hackers access to millions of computers and servers used by banks, hospitals and governments around the world. The hack, which likely took years to plan and execute, has been called a ‘nightmare scenario’ by cyber security experts, who say that evidence points to state actors. We’ll break down what happened and who is likely behind it.


Alex Stamos, Chief Trust Officer, SentinelOne; computer science lecturer, Stanford University

Kevin Roose, technology columnist, New York Times; co-host of the podcast Hard Fork


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