Hackers attack European governments using ‘MiniDuke’ malware

February 27, 2013

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Source: Josh Halliday, The Guardian

Cyber criminals have targeted government officials in more than 20 countries, including Ireland and Romania, in a complex online assault seen rarely since the turn of the millennium.

The attack, dubbed “MiniDuke” by researchers, has infected government computers as recently as this week in an attempt to steal geopolitical intelligence, according to security experts.

MiniDuke is the latest in a string of cyber attacks aimed at governments and other high-profile institutions, following revelations about the suspected Chinese hacking of western defence and media organisations.

Unusually, security researchers said there was no clear indication of who was behind the latest online attack.

The cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, which discovered MiniDuke, said the attackers had servers based in Panama and Turkey – but an examination of the code revealed no further clues about its origin.

Goverments targeted include those of Ireland, Romania, Portugal, Belgium and the Czech Republic. The malware also compromised the computers of a prominent research foundation in Hungary, two thinktanks, and an unnamed healthcare provider in the US.

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