A recently discovered computer virus is so sophisticated and complex it was most likely created by a government.
The computer firm Symantec’s view of the “Regin” computer bug is that it’s created by a government and the virus has been active since 2008 at least.
According to Symantec’s research, Regin is incredibly sophisticated and has been used as a tool to systematically spy on various international targets. Regin is a complex backdoor Trojan whose design shows a technical competence degree very rarely seen before, Symantec claims in their report regarding the virus.
“Customizable with an extensive range of capabilities depending on the target, it provides its controllers with a powerful framework for mass surveillance and has been used in spying operations against government organizations, infrastructure operators, businesses, researchers, and private individuals.”
Symantec also said Region is so well-written and detailed that the bug’s functions reveal a level of means achievable only by a nation state. The company said that once the Region virus in in a computer it is able to control the mouse, take screenshots, access deleted files and steal passwords.
The most targeted countries by Regin are Russia with 28 percent, followed by Ireland at 9 percent, Mexico at also 9 percent and Saudi Arabia at 24 percent. Half of the attacks targeted small businesses or private individuals.
The internet users worldwide are already on alert because of recent attacks on websites and data in the recent months. Snapchat, iCloud and eBay are three of the leading services to have been attacked by the recent cyber hacks, with passwords and images being compromised.
This latest threat regarding the Regin bug comes less than a week after feeds hosted by a website of thousands of webcams were posted on the internet. Hackers were able to log in them because numerous users had not changed the password that comes by default on their devices.
Symantec said in a statement:
“Its low-key nature means it can potentially be used in espionage campaigns lasting several years,”
Symantec is still searching for Regin and will continue to post updates about the virus.