Malware makers are targeting the huge media interest in Malaysia’s general election, and one company was even in KL to hawk its spyware, writes F-Secure’s Goh Su Gim.
Kaspersky Lab has announced the discovery of ‘Gauss’, a complex, nation-state sponsored cyber-espionage toolkit designed to steal sensitive data, with a specific focus on browser passwords, online banking account credentials, cookies, and specific configurations of infected machines.
Security alerts are being issued over Madi, a trojan used in targeted campaigns and observed in the wild since last December. Targets of the Madi campaign appear to be all over the spectrum but include oil companies, US-based think-tanks, a foreign consulate, as well as various governmental agencies, including some in the energy sector, and it has spread to countries beyond the Middle East.
It reads like the plot of a high-tech thriller, a mash-up of John LeCarre and William Gibson: A Western government develops a computer virus targeted at the key systems of an enemy state. The malware gets loose and wreaks havoc in the wild. The world comes to halt.