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Russian Government Suspected to be New Malware Creator

by: Bryon Turcotte  /  March 5, 2014

A German security firm, G Data Security, has released a "_threat report_" which states that the Russian Government is the suspected creator of a "_highly-sophisticated piece of malware_" called "_Uroburos_," according to an article published by The Web Hosting Industry Review. The article states that this piece of malware – "_an extremely advanced rootkit_" – was designed to "_steal information from organizations and nation states_" – per the findings of the firm's report.

The article notes that Uroburos is extremely sophisticated – made up of "_a driver and an encrypted virtual file system_" which could easily "_take control of an infected machine, execute arbitrary commands, hide system activities, and steal information like files but also capture network traffic._" The report confirms that Uroburos may have "_avoided detection for three years or more_" which has raised serious concern due to the complexity and nature of its design. Researchers believe, according to the article, that "_Uroburos could just be the beginning of a new breed of highly sophisticated malware that will threaten countries and organizations._"

G Data Security was quoted in the article to report, "_Its modular structure allows extending it with new features easily, which makes it not only highly sophisticated but also highly flexible and dangerous. Uroburos' driver part is extremely complex and designed to be very discreet and difficult to identify._" According to additional information included in the article, researchers from the security firm have also determined the Russian government's involvement due to "_the presence of Cyrillic characters, and similarities (such as file names, encryption keys) to the Agent.BTZ malware attack against the US in 2008 was suspected of having been the work of the Russian intelligence service._"

Read more about Uroburos in the full article and why a new level of concern is raised during this accelerating season of malicious cyber activity.

Written by Bryon Turcotte  /  March 5, 2014