Monday, November 24, 2014
"Regin": deep-rooted malware seems to be engineered by NSA and Britain's GCHQ, probably not significant for most "home users"
There are reports of a worm called “Regin” which appear to have been developed by US, British and other European governments, especially Britain’s GCHQ. The Intercept gives a very detailed account of how it works here. It would appear to affect Windows 7 and 8 users and be intended for deep level espionage. It is unlikely to be noticed by a home user, although it is conceivable that in some cases it could cause Windows 8 to behave erratically or to freeze. I wonder if it has anything to do with some instability on my Windows 8.1 HP Envy.
CNN has a simpler account here.
A lot of the analysis work of the malware was done by Symantec (Norton anti-virus).