November 27, 2014

Regin: Sophisticated nation state cyber-espionage software uncovered


Posted:  11/24/2014  12:00:00 AM
Contributor:  Defence IQ Press


Regin's 5 stages. Source: Symantec

A new malicious software bug has been uncovered by cyber security firm Symantec that could have been active for six years. The bug, called Regin, was designed to spy on government organisations, businesses and individuals with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Ireland thought to be among the countries most affected.
Symantec said the cyberespionage tool – one of the most sophisticated pieces of malicious software it’s ever seen – was likely to have been created by a nation state in the West due to the level of expertise and investment of time and money required to design it.

The software can take screenshots, recover deleted files and uncover passwords. Symantec said that the software “provides its controllers with a powerful framework for mass surveillance and has been used in spying operations against government organizations, infrastructure operators, businesses, researchers, and private individuals.”
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