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Government super-virus spotted spying on high-profile targets

Government super-virus spotted spying on high-profile targets
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We've seen malware attacks on retailers, government contractors and even government agencies. Now, security firm Symantec has announced the discovery of a super-virus that's been going after high-profile targets by attacking Internet service providers since 2008.

This virus has been attacking all over the world. While some of the virus has been analyzed, there's a few big problems: It's still out there and no one is quite sure who made it. But, the security firm that detected the virus has a few educated guesses: the U.S., Israel or China.

The team has dubbed this newly found Trojan “Regin” according to a Symantec blog post, and they are describing it as a “complex piece of malware whose structure displays a degree of technical competence rarely seen.” They say the tool has an “extensive range of capabilities” that provides the people controlling it with “a powerful framework for mass surveillance.”

The virus is so complex that Symantec researchers are sure that it was created by a government. The U.S. and China are top suspects because neither country has been infiltrated by Regin. So far, there have been 100 infections found in Russia, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Ireland, India, Afghanistan, Iran, Belgium, Austria and Pakistan.

Israel is also a suspect, because it's widely believed that Israel and the U.S. collaborated to create the similar Stuxnet malware that was used to attack the Iranian nuclear research program several years ago.

Next page: How does Regin infect computers?
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