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“Its capabilities and the level of resources behind Regin indicate that it is one of the main cyberespionage tools used by a nation state,” Symantec said Sunday, explaining that “development took months, if not years, to complete.”

The malware was installed on the computers of companies around the world, but it wasn’t searching for business secrets. When a target was selected it searched airline computers to find out where the target was traveling. It scoured hotel computers to find his room number. And it tapped telecommunication computers to see who he was talking to.

Source: CNN

Date: November 24th, 2014

Link (to copy into browser): http://money.cnn.com/2014/11/23/technology/security/regin-malware-symantec/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Discussion

1) Do you think it appropriate that the US, UK or Israeli government (the likely culprits in this case) should be developing and deploying malware like this?

2) The US government’s National Security Agency (NSA) has a Global Network Exploitation and Vulnerability group, which posts its job openings on LinkedIn (for example, https://www.linkedin.com/jobs2/view/12897393). Individuals at an agency such as the NSA are fully capable of developing and deploying malware such as “Regin”. Consider what it would be like to work at the NSA developing and deploying malware such as this.

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