2012 was notable for the amount of sophisticated espionage attacks that took place in the cyber-sphere, and 2013 has begun in the same vain. Researchers at security firm Kaspersky Lab have uncovered Red October, a wide-reaching malware network that has been targeting governments and major organisations across the world, stealing sensitive data and intelligence.
Unearthed attack site reveals some inner workings of espionage malware.
Attackers behind a massive espionage malware campaign that went undetected for five years relied in part on a vulnerability in the widely deployed Java software framework to ensnare their victims, a security researcher said.
Kaspersky Labs reports that over the past five years, a co-ordinated malware campaign called "Rocra" (short for "Red October") has been funneling classified information and geopolitical intelligence from diplomatic, governmental, and scientific research systems all over the world.
The Red October malware that infected hundreds of computer networks in diplomatic, governmental, and scientific research organizations around the world was one of the most advanced espionage platforms ever discovered, researchers with antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab have concluded.