posted at 16:50
Author Name: Eugene Kim
People Are Flipping Out Over Regin, Super-Sophisticated Spy Software
An unusually sophisticated malware called "Regin" has attacked internet and telecommunications companies in 14 countries since 2008, Symantec and Kaspersky Labs said in separate reports. Symantec believes Regin was likely created for cyber espionage purposes by a nation state, although it didn't suggest which government was responsible for it. "Regin is a complex piece of malware whose structure displays a degree of technical competence rarely seen," Symantec wrote in a report published on Sunday. Symantec says Regin was first detected in 2008, but disappeared three years later, only to resurface in 2013. Regin has attacked all kinds of businesses, including telecoms, hospitality, and airlines, but nearly half of it targeted private individuals and small businesses. In a follow up report on Monday, another IT security lab, Kaspersky Labs, said it's been tracking Regin for the past two years. Like Symantec, Kaspersky concluded, it's likely Regin is "Supported by a nation-state." Although none of the reports named which nation-state is likely responsible for Regin, Re/code pointed to a couple reports as hinting that the NSA and the UK's intelligence agency GCHQ may have a hand in it.

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