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Malware Campaign Targeted World Governments

Malware Campaign Targeted World Governments

Added: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
Category: Geek Zone > Technology News
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Famous anti-virus company, Kaspersky Labs, has unearthed a new malware campaign named Red October. The latter is harvesting classified data from targets like nation states and sensitive corporations throughout the world.

Red October, also referred to as Rocra, is stealing encrypted login information from the high security targets. It is believed to primarily target former USSR republics and countries in Central Asia. However, the security experts pointed out that actually no nation is immune, with known infections around the globe.

Kaspersky Labs explained that the virus, which has been lurking for 5 years already, contains strong technical evidence which reveals that the attackers have Russian-speaking origins. It has also infiltrated smartphones to harvest data. The malware has mainly focused on diplomatic and government agencies of different countries throughout the globe, but also targets other companies, including research institutions, aerospace, military, trade and commerce, nuclear and energy research, oil and gas companies.

Red October first attacked in exploits discovered in Microsoft Excel, and two other ones in Microsoft Word. The malware works by storing data on the infected network and when it is ready, it “calls back” to command servers for customized packages of malware which are signed with victim-specific 20 digit codes.

The security experts claimed that from this, the hackers managed to gather information straight from government institutions, embassies, research companies, military installations, and energy providers through the increasing catalogue of logins, and other ways to get past security.

In order to keep track of, and control the network of infected PCs, the hackers have created over 60 domain names and a number of server hosting locations in various countries that were able to hide the original location of the “mothership” control server.

Along with computers, the malware has also been designed to target and steal information from mobile devices, including iPhones, Nokia, and Windows based mobiles. Kaspersky pointed out that removable disk drives were also labeled as unsafe.

According to the data the security experts have collected so far, the original exploits were developed by Chinese hackers, while the Red October modules themselves have been written by Russian speaking developers.


By:
SaM
January 23rd,2013

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013



Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by ET lover (2013-01-23 12:23:07)
firefoxsniper avatarMalware campaign targeted world governments,with lollipop's and rainbows,and the odd hooker tossed
in for good l?uck.

2
posted by (2013-01-26 15:57:43)
No avatarCall me paranoid..
But the Soviet star shall pretty soon again be a symbol of the Russian airforce (and military?). Could this be a means to elevate morale of the troops for some upcomming offensive? All this information could very well serve the purpose of warfare also.

I predict a large-scale Russian military conquest within the next ten years, at least of Asia and East-Europe.

3
posted by Blocked (2013-01-26 17:23:54)
No avatarthank you

4
posted by (2013-01-26 20:24:56)
No avatarA Russian conquest of Asia and Eastern Europe? I don't think so. How many nuclear powers are in Eastern Europe alone, not to mention at least a dozen NATO members, which would mean that an attack against one of them would officially constitute an attack on America thus necessitating America's military involvement. Russia doesn't have the ground or air forces to "conquer" China, and then Eastern Europe? Come on. China has a large nuclear arsenal and a potential standing armor several times what Russia could garner. Russia's military technology is probably superior to China, but not so much that they could render them impotent. Finally, if Russia was set to take over any of the nuclear powers, there would almost certainly be a nuclear exchange, and then everyone, including Russia, would lose. Russia is incredibly formidable, and it's dangerous since their Constitution was changed by Putin to essentially place him as emperor for life, but it's not all powerful. The most it could do would probably be to take over Georgia or some sovereign not protected by NATO membership or nuclear weapons.

5
posted by (2013-01-28 23:07:43)
No avatarWell, I didn't mean the whole of Asia.
There are no nuclear powers in Eastern Europe, the arsenal of nuclear weapons that were once stationed there were in fact Russian.
China would be most probably in on it.

Plans on a certain missile shield suggest some truth to the crazy.
But as I said, you may call me paranoid!

6
posted by (2013-01-28 23:19:01)
No avatarAnd really, nuclear exchange?
Don't imagine any nukes going off just yet, not the big ones any way. No Western politician is going to order an apocalypse in action.



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