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New bug on the loose: Regin, a highly advanced espionage tool enabling sophisticated spying.

Download the Symantec whitepaper for a complete lowdown on the latest piece of malware.
Download the Symantec whitepaper for a complete lowdown on the latest piece of malware.

An advanced spying tool, Regin displays a degree of technical competence rarely seen and has been used in spying operations against governments, infrastructure operators, businesses (large and small), researchers, and private individuals. The Regin operators do not appear to focus on any specific industry sector.

Regin has a wide range of standard capabilities, particularly around monitoring targets and stealing data. It also has the ability to load custom features tailored to individual targets.  A back door-type Trojan, Regin is a complex piece of malware whose structure displays 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.

How do you get it? You may be tricked into visiting spoofed versions of wellknown websites and the threat may be installed through a web browser or by exploiting an application. On one computer, log files show that Regin originated from Yahoo! Instant Messenger through an unconfirmed exploit.

Symantec has published a whitepaper that will get you the details you crave to know! Paranoid yet, read on!

http://www.symantec.com/content/en/us/enterprise/media/security_response/whitepapers/regin-analysis.pdf

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