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Red October is malware that targeted Russian language documents in Eastern European and Central Asian countries.

Overview Edit

"The Red October attack was discovered in January of [2013], but is believed to have been operating undetected for a number of years. The attack effectively stole confidential and encrypted documents (including deleted ones) from embassies, nuclear research centres and oil and gas companies. Information targeted included geopolitically sensitive data and credentials to access protected computer systems. The malicious code was also able to detect when a USB stick was inserted into a networked computer and undelete and steal any files on the stick. The cyber-crime racket behind the attacks shut-down their operations after the attacks were made public and documented."[1]

References Edit

  1. Cyber-crime, Securities Markets, and Systemic Risk, at 7.

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