FSB will protect Russian cyberspace from spyware attacks
On Tuesday January 15th. Russian president Vladimir Putin assigned FSB, the Russian Federal Security Service and the successor of the Soviet KGB, with a task to “create a state system for the detection, prevention and liquidation of the effects of computer attacks on the information resources of the Russian Federation”.
Russian authorities took action in response to the discovery of a massive cyber-espionage network named ‘Red October’ earlier this year. Uncovered by a Russian internet security company Kaspersky Lab, Red October (or Rocra) is said to have been operating in a number of countries since 2007, with a focus on the republics of the former USSR, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
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The complex cyber-espionage system has targeted diplomatic, state and research organizations, large corporations and agencies around the world involved in oil and gas, energy, nuclear and aerospace industries. According to RT, the hackers’ goal is to gather information that could allow them to get through the security of governments, corporations, and other influential organizations.
Red October spyware, which can retrieve data from computers, smartphones, removable storage, scan through email databases and local FTP servers, is said to be designed by Russian-speaking developers. As of now, the hackers have not been found.
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