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Regin: Newly Uncovered Malicious Software Snooping Since 2008 'was Developed By A Nation State'

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http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/regin-newly-uncovered-malicious-software-snooping-since-2008-was-developed-by-a-nation-state-9878679.html

An advanced malicious software application has been uncovered that since 2008 was used to spy on private companies, governments, research institutes and individuals in 10 countries, antivirus software maker Symantec Corp said in a report on Sunday.

The Mountain View, California-based maker of Norton antivirus products said its research showed that a "nation state" was likely the developer of the malware called Regin, or Backdoor.Regin, but Symantec did not identify any countries or victims.

Symantec said Regin's design "makes it highly suited for persistent, long-term surveillance operations against targets," and was withdrawn in 2011 but resurfaced from 2013 onward.

The malware uses several "stealth" features "and even when its presence is detected, it is very difficult to ascertain what it is doing," according to Symantec. It said "many components of Regin remain undiscovered and additional functionality and versions may exist."

Almost half of all infections occurred at addresses of Internet service providers, the report said. It said the targets were customers of the companies rather than the companies themselves. About 28 percent of targets were in telecoms while other victims were in the energy, airline, hospitality and research sectors, Symantec said.

Surely just the tip of the iceberg over what nation states will be doing secretly?

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Israel?

I believe it's more traditional to mumble something about it maybe being the Ruskies or the Chinese and then changing the subject.

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UK

No doubt at all

Who else would spy on Eire and Belgium

Loads of Paddy tarmaccers coming back from Belgium with a ton of tobacco?

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