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Massive espionage malware targeting governments undetected for 5 years

Massive espionage malware targeting governments undetected for 5 years | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
"Red October" command-and-control setup more sophisticated than that of Flame.
Artur Alves's insight:

"The main purpose of the campaign is to gather classified information and geopolitical intelligence. Among the data collected are files from cryptographic systems such as the Acid Cryptofiler, with the collected information used in later attacks. Stolen credentials, for instance, were compiled and used later when the attackers needed to guess secret phrases in other locations.

Little is known about the people or organizations responsible for the project, and conflicting data makes it hard to attribute the nationality of the attackers. While the malware developers spoke Russian, many of the exploits used to hijack victim computers were initially developed by Chinese hackers. Also clouding the identity of the attackers is the long roster of victims. The Russian Federation was the most targeted country, followed by Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Belgium, India, Afghanistan, Armenia, Iran, and Turkmenistan. In all computers belonging to 39 countries from a variety of continents are infected."

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Gauss Espionage Malware: 7 Key Facts -- InformationWeek

From targeting Lebanese banking customers to installing a font, security researchers seem to be unearthing as many questions as answers in their teardown of the surveillance malware.
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State-sponsored cyber espionage projects now prevalent, say experts

Former military officer says every Middle Eastern country now has Stuxnet-like malware.
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Massive cyber-attack discovered

Massive cyber-attack discovered | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Russian security firm Kaspersky Labs told the BBC they believed the malware, known as Flame, had been operating since August 2010.
The company said it believed the attack was state-sponsored, but could not be sure of its exact origins.
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