Regin, new computer spying virus, discovered by Symantec – most sophisticated malicious software ever seen

virus-spyware-removal-computer-service-frisco[BBC] – A leading computer security company says it has discovered one of the most sophisticated pieces of malicious software ever seen.

Symantec says the bug, named Regin, was probably created by a government and has been used for six years against a range of targets around the world.

Once installed on a computer, it can do things like capture screenshots, steal passwords or recover deleted files.

Experts say computers in Russia, Saudi Arabia and Ireland have been hit most.

It has been used to spy on government organisations, businesses and private individuals, they say.

Researchers say the sophistication of the software indicates that it is a cyber-espionage tool developed by a nation state.

They also said it likely took months, if not years, to develop and its creators have gone to great lengths to cover its tracks.

Sian John, a security strategist at Symantec, said: “It looks like it comes from a Western organisation. It’s the level of skill and expertise, the length of time over which it was developed.”

Symantec has drawn parallels with Stuxnet, a computer worm thought to have been developed by the US and Israel to target Iran’s nuclear program.

That was designed to damage equipment, whereas Regin’s purpose appears to be to collect information.

2 comments

  • Excellent post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed! Very helpful info particularly the closing phase 🙂 I deal with such info much. I was seeking this certain information for a very lengthy time. Thank you and best of luck.

  • It is the best time to make some planss for the future aand itt is time to be happy. I have read this post aand if I could I wish to suggest you few interesting things or tips. Maybe you could write next articles referring to this article. I desire to read more things about it!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.