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'Groundbreaking' Malware Called Regin Revealed by Symantec

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By    |   Monday, 24 Nov 2014 05:47 PM

Regin, a sophisticated malware being called “groundbreaking,” was revealed by Symantec this weekend as a spying tool that has been used against governments, corporations, and individuals.

In a report, Symantec revealed the malware been around since 2008 and is a “back door-type Trojan” with a “degree of technical competence rarely seen.”

“Customizable with an extensive range of capabilities depending on the target, it provides its controllers with a powerful framework for mass surveillance and has been used in spying operations against government organizations, infrastructure operators, businesses, researchers, and private individuals,” Symantec wrote. “It is likely that its development took months, if not years, to complete and its authors have gone to great lengths to cover its tracks. Its capabilities and the level of resources behind Regin indicate that it is one of the main cyberespionage tools used by a nation state.”

The BBC reported that experts said Regin has hit computers in Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Ireland the most.

“We think the piece of malware ... is capable of targeting just about anybody who connects to the Internet today. However, we don’t believe this tool is being used to target individuals who are at home,” Vikram Thakur, of Symantec, told the BBC. “It’s evident that the powers behind it, or the nation-state which may have created this, is only interested in specific individuals and business out there, and not mass surveillance of any sort.”

Thakur said there are only a few countries that could have created the sophisticated software, and added, “It’s hard for us to say who it might be specifically, but if you narrow down the profile of countries which would be required to create something of this magnitude, there are only a handful of countries which could have done so.”

Speculation immediately began as to which countries may have been using the malware/spyware. The Intercept reported that, according to unnamed sources, the United States and United Kingdom worked in partnership on the malware. 

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