Campaign of Cyber Attacks Is Uncovered

A five-year campaign of cyber attacks targeting diplomatic, governmental and scientific-research organizations mainly in former Soviet-bloc countries has been uncovered by a Russian anti-malware company.

Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab said Monday that it had uncovered a sustained series of targeted attacks stretching back to at least 2007 after receiving a tipoff from an anonymous source. The attacks were made using a piece of malware christened Operation Red October, or Rocra, that was designed to make copies of encrypted files, as well as more regular office documents.

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