Kaspersky says Rocra malware stole hundreds of terabytes of data
- USA: Wednesday, January 16 - 2013 at 07:22
Kaspersky Lab has said an unidentified group of hackers has stolen intelligence data worldwide from diplomatic, government, and scientific research computer networks for more than five years, including targets in the US, PC World has reported. Kaspersky Lab began researching the malware attacks in October and dubbed them "Rocra," short for "Red October." Rocra uses a number of security vulnerabilities in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PDF documents types to infect PCs, smartphones, and computer networking equipment. On Tuesday researchers discovered the malware platform also uses web-based Java exploits. Kaspersky estimates that the Red October attacks have likely obtained hundreds of terabytes of data in the time it has been operational, which could be as early as May 2007. Affected countries were primarily former members of the USSR, including Russia (35 infections), Kazakhstan (21), and Azerbaijan (15).
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