However, western operations are evident, according to a former senior US intelligence official.
“There are certain identifiers in Western operations that other companies don’t. You can see them translated into code,” said the former officer, who is not authorized to comment on operations, speaking under the Condition of anonymity. “And here, in my opinion, one of the most important ethical dimensions comes into play. How to deal with intelligence or law enforcement activities carried out under democratic supervision within a legally elected representative government is very different from that of an authoritarian regime.”
“The oversight is anchored in western companies on a technical, manual and procedural level,” they added.
Google found that the hacking group exploited 11 zero-day vulnerabilities in just nine months.