Russian Software Security Lab Hacked, Indirectly Links Attack To NSA
Systems at the famous Russian anti-virus software provider, Kaspersky Lab, were recently attacked by hackers.
The lab believes that the hackers employed three highly advanced techniques to target its newest technologies. It was “one of the most sophisticated campaigns ever seen,” the firm explains.
According to the Russian company, because of the timely detection of the intrusion, it was able to protect critical data. The compromised data was “in no way critical,” notices the firm.
The firm’s chief executive Eugene Kaspersky said, “Spying on cyber security companies is a very dangerous tendency, the only way to protect the world is to have law enforcement agencies and security companies fighting such attacks openly.
“We will always report attacks regardless of their origin,” he added.
Recent report suggests that implicitly the lab has drawn connection of the hackers group with National Security Agency (NSA).
The detection of the malware could be hard because, instead of writing files to disk, it remained hidden inside the computer’s memory.
The company’s chief believes the attackers are the unidentified creators of an earlier Trojan named Duqu, which was used in 2011 to launch attacks on the national level. The four targeted countries included Iran, India, France and Ukraine.
At that time, the hackers broke in through Microsoft Word. In the recent case again, they have used Microsoft software Installer files, according to BBC.
Director of Kaspersky Lab’s global research and analysis team commented on the “sophisticated” attack, saying its cost “must have been very high.”
Kaspersky Lab had proofs for the employment of “Duqu 2.0” in several other attacks – more importantly, on the venues where Iran’s nuclear program was being talked upon, the director said.