Kaspersky claims to have found NSA’s ‘space station malware’
Super-complex code collection had 116 spooky plug-ins
12 Mar 2015 at 08:28, Darren Pauli
Kaspersky malware probers have uncovered a new ‘operating system’-like platform that was developed and used by the National Security Agency (NSA) in its Equation spying arsenal.
The EquationDrug or Equestre platform is used to deploy 116 modules to target computers that can siphon data and spy on victims.
“It’s important to note that EquationDrug is not just a trojan, but a full espionage platform, which includes a framework for conducting cyberespionage activities by deploying specific modules on the machines of selected victims,” Kaspersky researchers say in a report.
“Other threat actors known to use such sophisticated platforms include Regin and Epic Turla.
“The architecture of the whole framework resembles a mini-operating system with kernel-mode and user-mode components carefully interacting with each other via a custom…
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