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Symantec uncovers ‘Regin’, a lethal malware that has spied on computers in Russia, Saudi Arabia, India and others for years

Security firm Symantec has revealed details of an advanced cyber espionage tool called “Regin.” The firm describes Regin as a Trojan, and says the level of resources that has been put to c

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Security firm Symantec has revealed details of an advanced cyber espionage tool called “Regin.” The firm describes Regin as a Trojan, and says the level of resources that has been put to create such a highly sophisticated advanced tool indicates involvement of a nation state behind it. The malware has been floating around the web since 2008, and as Symantec claims, it was designed to facilitate long-term surveillance. The security firm has published a white paper about Regin which gives more details of the malware, and what it was sketched to do. According to the firm, the malware was designed to attack individual targets, and over the course of years, it may have been used to perform mass surveillance on several government organizations including telecoms. “In the world of malware threats, only a few rare examples can truly be considered groundbreaking and almost peerless. What we have seen in Regin is just such a class of malware. Regin is an extremely complex piece of software that can be customized with a wide range of different capabilities which can be deployed depending on the target. Also Read - Joker malware back on Google Play store, delete these apps from your phone immediately

It is built on a framework that is designed to sustain long-term intelligence-gathering operations by remaining under the radar. It goes to extraordinary lengths to conceal itself and its activities on compromised computers. Its stealth combines many of the most advanced techniques that we have ever seen in use,” the firm noted. From what Symantec has revealed about Regin, it appears to be one of the most threatening malwares we have seen in years. It was capable of monitoring password, make remote access, snoop on calls and emails. The malware was able to keep its identity masked while performing vicious activities. Also Read - Downloaded WhatsApp Pink virus by mistake? Here's what you can do to fix your phone

Symantec has found traces of the tool across the globe, but says the malware seems to primarily target systems in Russia and Saudi Arabia, as well as India, Mexico, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ireland, Belgium, and Austria. About 75 percent of the infections were used to obtain information from the small businesses and individuals. Also Read - Mobile cyberattacks on Indian firms up by 854% in 2021: Report

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  • Published Date: November 24, 2014 6:17 PM IST
  • Updated Date: November 24, 2014 6:18 PM IST



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