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Operation Red October: Kaspersky Lab reveals unprecedented cyberespionage operation

Lucian Constantin | Jan. 15, 2013
Unidentified attackers stole sensitive information from hundreds of diplomatic, government, research and military organizations from around the world as part of a newly uncovered cyberespionage campaign that started nearly six years ago. The operation involved the use of highly customized and sophisticated data theft malware, researchers from antivirus firm Kaspersky Lab said Monday.

Given the length of the operation, the Kaspersky researchers believe that hundreds of terabytes of sensitive data have probably been stolen until now.

Raiu declined to name any of the affected organizations, but said that the company is open to working with the national CERTs (computer emergency response teams) from countries where victims were identified and provide them with the IP (Internet protocol) addresses of the victims.


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