Comprehensive malware attack also hit secret services’




The Turla virus, which came to light earlier, hit two intelligence agencies in Europe and the Middle East. According to research from Kaspersky. Also hundreds of other government agencies affected by the malware.

Last year, the existence of the malware came to light in March reported Kaspersky be hundreds of government agencies with the malware infected. However, below are also two secret services, as it turns out. It would be a secret service in the Middle East and in the European Union, reports Reuters. According to Kaspersky is the first digital espionage campaign that secret services have been infected.

Kaspersky suspects that a government is behind the attack. The attack focused on secret services and government institutions such as ministries and embassies, but also suppliers of the army and pharmaceutical companies. The largest number of victims were located in France, the United Kingdom, Russia, Belarus, Germany, Romania and Poland.

It is unknown where the attack is coming from exactly. A report from Kaspersky, which is released at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas would suggest that the hackers spoke Russian, but that does not necessarily mean that they come from Russia. Kaspersky does not specify where it thinks the hackers come; Symantec, which later also comes with a report on the attack, also not.

The attack tools were used, which were deployed in two previous attacks and that according to Western intelligence services would be due. To Russia That among the victims were also institutions from Russia, is no argument against the involvement of Russia: it may involve diplomatic missions of other countries and branches of foreign companies in Russia.

The malware was distributed by websites that are likely to be visited, to infect. Victims by Among them were remarkably even government websites. After infection, the malware would try to estimate whether the victim is interesting enough, for example, if he or she is employed by a government agency. The malware that the attackers would be used specifically went looking documents with terms like ‘NATO’, ‘EU energy dialogue’ and ‘Budapest’.


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