A network engineer discovers that a foreign government hacked one of the defense contractors in their home country and stole intellectual property.
What is the threat agent in this situation?
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The threat agent is the entity or person responsible for carrying out an attack or initiating a threat. In this scenario, the foreign government is the threat agent as they conducted the attack and stole the intellectual property of the defense contractor.
Option A, the intellectual property that was stolen, is not the threat agent but the target of the attack. Option B, the defense contractor who stored the intellectual property, is not the threat agent either as they were the victim of the attack. Option C, the method used to conduct the attack, is not the threat agent but rather the means used by the foreign government to carry out the attack.
Therefore, the correct answer is D, the foreign government that conducted the attack, as they are the entity responsible for carrying out the attack and initiating the threat.