NetTraveler Found To Be Used In Long-running Cyber-espionage Campaign

Posted: Jun 5 2013, 1:55am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

 

NetTraveler found to be used in long-running cyber-espionage campaign
 

Russian computer security company, Kaspersky Lab, recently released a report exposing a cyber-espionage campaign that has reportedly compromised over 350 high-profile victims across 40 countries.

Russian computer security company, Kaspersky Lab, recently released a report exposing a cyber-espionage campaign that has reportedly compromised over 350 high-profile victims across 40 countries.

The security firm did not dilvuge the said victims, but was sure that the campaign used a malicious program called NetTraveler for the attacks. NetTraveler was used mainly for covert computer surveillance, and its name has its origins from an internal string which is present in early versions of the malware: “NetTraveler Is Running!”

According to the report, the hackers behind the campaign could total to 50 individuals, with most of them able to speak Chinese. Since NetTraveler is programmed to steal sensitive data including log keystrokes, file system listings, and various Office or PDF documents, Kaspersky believes that the hackers have a working knowledge of the English language.

Known targets of the tool include governmental institutions, private companies, oil industry companies, scientific research centers, and activists.

Source: Securelist

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