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Sophisticated Spy Tool 'The Mask' Rages Undetected For 7 Years 98

Posted by samzenpus
from the protect-ya-neck dept.
thomst writes "Kim Zetter of Wired's Threat Level reports that Kaspersky Labs discovered a Spanish-language spyware application that 'uses techniques and code that surpass any nation-state spyware previously spotted in the wild.' The malware, dubbed 'The Mask' by Kaspersky's researchers, targeted government agencies, diplomatic offices, embassies, companies in the oil, gas and energy industries, research organizations, and activists. It had been loose on the Internet since at least 2007 before being shut down last month. It infected its targets via a malicious website that contained exploits — among which were the Adobe Flash player vulnerability CVE-2012-0773, affecting both Windows and Linux machines. Users were directed to the site via spearphishing emails."
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Sophisticated Spy Tool 'The Mask' Rages Undetected For 7 Years

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  • Editing? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by bigjocker (113512) * on Monday February 10, 2014 @05:10PM (#46212593) Homepage

    This is ridiculous. What kind of editor publishes a note so badly written? You should at least read summaries out loud to see if you would look like an idiot. That would have certainly worked in this case. At least add a preview button for summaries like you do for comments for pete's sake.

    Hoy many errors can you spot?

    "Kim Zetter of Wired's Threat Level reports that Kaspersky Labs discovered a Spanish-language spyware application that employs "uses techniques and code that surpass any nation-state spyware previously spotted in the wild." The malware, dubbed "The Mask" by Kaspersky's researchers, targeted targeted government agencies, diplomatic offices, embassies, companies in the oil, gas and energy industries, and research organizations and activists had been loose on the Internet since at least 2007, before it was shut down last month. It infected its targets via a malicious website that contained exploits — among which were the Adobe Flash player vulnerability CVE-2012-0773 — that affected both Windows and Linux machines. Users were directed to the site via spearphishing emails."

  • Re:Editing? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 10, 2014 @05:26PM (#46212755)

    Not the OP here, but you are wrong. Good luck next time.

    1) "badly written" is acceptable
    2) "would" is correct, your "correction" of "will" is wrong.
    3) This/That is interchangeable.
    4) Now you just look like an idiot.
    5) I'm not even going to bother.

    You have five corrections but you only count four?

  • by DTentilhao (3484023) on Monday February 10, 2014 @06:34PM (#46213281)
    "Spanish-language spyware application that 'uses techniques and code that surpass any nation-state spyware previously spotted in the wild.'"

    The linked to article seems a little short on details, what exactly makes these `techniques and code' surpass any spyware previously in the wild?

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