Russian government gathers intelligence with malware

(CNET) The Russian government uses malware to extract sensitive information from companies and governments, not for financial gain but for intelligence gathering, according a new report by FireEye.

Malicious software designed to steal sensitive information from businesses and foreign governments is made in Russia and supported by the Russian government, a security research firm reported Tuesday.

The group behind the malicious software, or malware, has been identified as APT28 and has links to a “government sponsor based in Moscow,” Dan McWhorter, FireEye vice president of Threat Intelligence, wrote in a blog post discussing the report. APT28 has been targeting “privileged information related to governments, militaries and security organizations,” for at least seven years, he wrote. . . . (read more)

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