Regin: Top-tier espionage tool enables stealthy surveillance


Symantec the computer security firm has published an article describing an advanced spying tool with sophisticated “stealth” features which has been used to spy on private companies, government entities, IT infrastructure providers as well as private individuals.

The malware known as Regin is a back door-type Trojan.  What is particularly interesting about it is its technical sophistication, which indicates it would have taken months if not years to develop.  Given the time a resources required  to develop and use it, Symantec suggest it is likely that it was developed by a nation state for cyberespionage and long-term surveillance operations.

Infections are geographically diverse, but concentrated in mainly in ten countries with the Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia suffering the most infections.