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). 


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