Red October Detected but Still Dangerous

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. It uses known exploits in Microsoft Word and Excel documents to gain access to users’ systems, relying on a targeted social engineering or "spear phishing" element in order to trick users into opening the infected files; collating data about multiple future targets (such as account login credentials) and using it to create something that’s more likely for the target to click on. In an interview with The New York Times, the organization’s chief malware... Continue reading…

Red October Detected but Still Dangerous

Computer espionage campaign has been stealing data for more than five years

Mon 14 Jan 13 from IEEE Spectrum

Kaspersky finds 'Red October' virus targeting E. Europe

Kaspersky Lab said Monday it had identified a new computer virus it dubbed "Red October" targeting eastern European countries that appeared to be collecting classified files using NATO and EU ...

Mon 14 Jan 13 from Phys.org

Operation Red October revealed: The astonishing hacker attack that has infiltrated over 55,000 high level government computers

Russian researchers claim the malware targeted government institutions such as embassies, nuclear research centres and oil and gas institutes.

Wed 16 Jan 13 from Daily Mail

'Red October' cyber-espionage campaign revealed

Researchers at Russian cybersecurity from Kaspersky Labs say they've uncovered a massive cyber-espionage ring, dubbed Operation Red October, that's been operating since 2007. ...

Tue 15 Jan 13 from TG Daily

'Red October' malware has been stealing government and industrial secrets for 5 years

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 ...

Tue 15 Jan 13 from The Verge

Red October relied on Java exploit to infect PCs

Unearthed attack site reveals some inner workings of espionage malware.

Tue 15 Jan 13 from Arstechnica

Kaspersky uncovers five-year cyber espionage campaign, Red October

Kaspersky has uncovered an advanced cyber espionage network that rivals the sophistication of last year's infamous Flame malware but is perhaps more devious, as each attack is handcrafted ...

Mon 14 Jan 13 from Techspot

Massive Red October Botnet Spied On Dozens of Countries -- Including The US

Researchers with Kaspersky Labs have released information on a new botnet they've discovered that dwarfs any previous cyber-espionage efforts as far as its size, scope, and complexity. The ...

Mon 14 Jan 13 from HotHardware

'Red October' malware spies on governments worldwide

It might have taken five years to discover, but a government-snooping spying campaign dubbed Red October has been exposed by Kaspersky Lab. [Read more]

Mon 14 Jan 13 from CNET

Massive espionage malware targeting governments undetected for 5 years

"Red October" command-and-control setup more sophisticated than that of Flame.

Mon 14 Jan 13 from Arstechnica

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