Friday, December 5, 2014

Spy Malware Deployed Against Russia by Unknown Nation, Report Says | Johnson's Russia List

(Moscow Times – – Allison Quinn – November 25, 2014) Russian and Saudi Arabian telecommunications and Internet firms are being targeted by highly advanced cyber espionage malware that is likely being controlled by a Western intelligence agency, The Financial Times reported Monday.

Leading computer security company Symantec issued a statement Sunday warning about a new piece of malware known as Regin. The advanced espionage tool “displays a degree of technical competence rarely seen and has been used in spying operations against governments, infrastructure operators, businesses, researchers and private individuals.”

How Regin infects computer systems remains unclear, but it has primarily been deployed against telecommunications firms and Internet service providers in Russia and Saudi Arabia, and to a lesser extent in Mexico, Ireland and Iran, The Financial Times reported, citing Symantec.

“Almost half of all infections targeted private individuals and small businesses. Attacks on telecoms companies appear to be designed to gain access to calls being routed through their infrastructure,” Symantec wrote in its statement.

The warnings come amid a flurry of reports of increased cyber espionage as the ongoing crisis in Ukraine continues to pit Russia against many Western countries.

Concerns of cyber espionage prompted NATO to hold the world’s biggest-ever cyber war games last week in Estonia, where hundreds of representatives from 28 countries tested their own ability to respond to new cyber threats, The Financial Times reported Thursday.

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