Whatever happened to the group of attackers that successfully hacked into Google in 2009? That attack
, first disclosed by Google in January 2010 and later dubbed "Operation Aurora"--for the Aurora (a.k.a. Hydraq) Trojan horse application used--was described at the time by Google as "a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google." The attack became the basis for what's now generally referred to as the advanced persistent threat
(APT), meaning an exploit that's been launched by a technologically astute as well as patient attacker.