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Traces of Regin malware may date back to 2006

Jeremy Kirk | Nov. 24, 2014
Malware that Symantec says was probably developed by a nation state may have been used for as long as eight years, a length of time that underscores the challenges the security industry faces in detecting advanced spying tools.

The attackers appear to have sought login credentials for GSM base stations, which are the first point of contact for a mobile device to route a call or request data. Stealing administrator credentials could have allowed Regin's masters to change settings on the base station or access certain call data.

Regin's other targets included the hospitality, airline and ISP industries, as well as government.

"We do not think [Regin] is a criminal type of enterprise," O'Murchu said. "It's more along the lines of espionage."


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