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Whoops, cybersecurity firm Kaspersky has been hacked


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We’ve all been embarrassed in our lives. Calling someone the wrong name. Tripping over in public. Over trusting a fart. The usual. And then there’s this...

Leading anti-virus software firm Kaspersky Lab has revealed its systems have been compromised by hackers.

That’s the cybersecurity equivalent of watching your goldfish drown. It just doesn’t make sense.

The computer experts claim the attack was designed to spy on the company’s latest technologies.

According to a press release, the compromise worked using at least three previously unknown techniques.

Spying on cybersecurity companies is a very dangerous tendency,” said Eugene Kaspersky, chief executive of the Russian firm.

He continued: “The only way to protect the world is to have law enforcement agencies and security companies fighting such attacks openly.”

Kaspersky added: “We will always report attacks regardless of their origin.”

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The company claims the breach was first detected in the “early spring”, calling it “one of the most sophisticated campaigns ever seen.”

The malware in question doesn’t actually write files to a computer’s hard disk, instead living in the system’s RAM. This makes it difficult to detect.

It was purportedly spread using Microsoft Software Installer files, and was similar to an earlier Trojan called Duqu that was used in attacks back in 2011.

This attack has seemingly been linked to Duqu’s creators, and Kaspersky claims “Duqu 2.0” attacks have been made on other targets too.

Kasperky’s being cheery about the whole matter however, assuring all that it’s “confident” its clients and partners remain safe.


June 10, 2015, 10:51 pm

Ars Technica have a really good in-depth article on this story over at their site:

It's worth a read if you've got the time, and apparently the new trojan is a new, improved, version of the older duqu malware.

Jamie Maclean

June 11, 2015, 7:03 am

Probably some RUSSIAN criminal gang is behind it.

Sherri Harper

June 12, 2015, 4:16 am

After reading the details of the attack and Kaspersky's report - I came to one conclusion: This article was a smart-ass jab at a reputable company. Fail.
They are not "embarrassed" - simply disclosing information to help everyone stay safe.
grow up.

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