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Russians Suspected of Uroburos Spy Malware 137

Posted by samzenpus
from the from-russia-with-love dept.
judgecorp writes "While Russia's political activity is center stage, its cyber-espionage apparently continues. Russian intelligence is strongly suspected of being behind the Uroburos malware which is targeting Western governments and commercial organizations. There are Russian-language strings in the code, and it searches its victims' systems for Agent BTZ, malware used in previous attacks believed to have been carried out by Russia."
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Russians Suspected of Uroburos Spy Malware

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  • by Selur (2745445) on Monday March 03, 2014 @10:37AM (#46387265)

    to the NSA?

  • Proof? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by miffo.swe (547642) <daniel DOT hedblom AT gmail DOT com> on Monday March 03, 2014 @10:45AM (#46387333) Homepage Journal

    So any google translating script kiddie can make malware that puts the blame on Russia by just throwing random ruskie strings in and searching for alleged russian virii?

    Who came up with this scheme, the same person that talked about WMD in Iraq?

  • by JoeyRox (2711699) on Monday March 03, 2014 @11:23AM (#46387569)
    "In Soviet Russia, computer attacks you!"
  • Goodness, my "fellow" American hawks sure are itching for war with Russia. Unfortunately, I don't think this is the solution to domestic problems and the care and feeding of the media that they believe it will be.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Yep. They're the trendy bad guy this week. Also, to recap:

      Protests in Ukraine = good whereas protests in Thailand = bad. It all depends no who is about to be overthrown so a puppet that is friendly to the agenda of the IMF can be installed.

      • by temcat (873475)

        It takes NOT to invade a neighboring country to avoid being a trendy bad guy of the week. Yeah, I know, that's too big a challenge for some.

        • by temcat (873475)

          Yeah, and a footcloth can have mod points, too, who woulda thunk?

        • by Uberbah (647458)

          Riiiiiiiiight. Lets say Putin has supported a far left-wing coup of the democratically elected government of Canada, after the far-leftists had lost an election. Any of you American Exceptionalists going to try and say with a straight face that the US Army wouldn't already been in Ottawa seeing to Harper's return to power?

          • by temcat (873475)

            WTF? I mean, wouldn't then America be the trendy bad guy of that week, and not only in Russia?

      • In general people are suspicous of protestors who refuse elections.

      • Bullshit, the situations in the two countries are not even remotely comparable. You should check your reality distortion field.

        The opposition leaders in Thailand do not want to have any new elections, not now and not later, and have publicly declared their intention not to have elections. (They would invariably loose them.) The protesters in Ukraine have already fixed the date for a new election. They got rid of a completely corrupt vassal of Putin who enriched himself, put an important opposition leader

        • by Uberbah (647458)

          Bullshit, the situations in the two countries are not even remotely comparable.

          Of course they're comparable, since both protest "movements" are aimed at overthrowing democratically-elected governments.

          They got rid of a completely corrupt vassal of Putin

          So they can install an even more corrupt vassal of Obama, who will happily take those IMF loans with the standard requirement that the government pass crushing austerity measures?

          The protesters in Ukraine have already fixed the date for a new election.

          After o

  • by Anonymous Coward

    There are Russian-language strings in the code, and it searches its victims' systems for Agent BTZ, malware used in previous attacks believed to have been carried out by Russia

    And this would make everyone believe that Russia would be so stupid as to put Russian language into the code? Bullshit. This is exactly what China or US or especially Pakastan or Iran would do to make it look Russian so as to start a fight between the greater powers. Its political bullshit intrigue101 make it so obvious. You can't tru

    • by Megol (3135005)
      Mistakes happen my anonymous friend. Thinking that Russia doesn't (as the US, UK, France and many other countries) doesn't develop software for electronic warfare is one.

      It is well known that the black market for software have largely been dominated by Russian coders. High skills and few jobs allows such things to grow. Even if the majority of those programmers switched to "the white market" when the Russian economy grew there still is a huge amount of skilled workers perfect for doing electronic warfare s

  • I must be Russian (Score:3, Insightful)

    by wcrowe (94389) on Monday March 03, 2014 @12:44PM (#46388083)

    "It has Russian language strings in the code, so it must be Russian intelligence behind it!"

    (facepalm) Really? This is an example of investigative prowess?

        , .

    I must be Russian. There are Russian language strings in my post.

  • Next time, note to self:

    Defriend Russians before attack on vital strategic cooking interests.

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