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Cyber Snake Plagues Ukraine Networks

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posted on Mar, 7 2014 @ 11:37 PM
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An aggressive cyber weapon called Snake has infected dozens of Ukrainian computer networks including government systems in one of the most sophisticated attacks of recent years.

Also known as Ouroboros, after the serpent of Greek mythology that swallowed its own tail, experts say it is comparable in its complexity with Stuxnet, the malware that was found to have disrupted Iran’s uranium enrichment programme in 2010.
www.ft.com...

Cyber Snake Plagues Ukraine Networks

Security researchers have discovered a complex piece of data-stealing malware,
which burrows deep into a Windows operating system, then steals files and transmits
them back to its overseers. A rootkit they have dubbed after a mythical serpent that
ate its own tail.




clues left in the code, parts of which also contain fragments of Russian
text. It is believed to be an upgrade of the Agent BTZ attack that penetrated
US military systems in 2008


Ur0bUr sGotyOu

This does raise the issue, and leaves one wondering if the recent security
issues with Obamacare that were linked to Belarus might be originating
from the same operatives?

Fear that a former Soviet republic inserted malicious code in Obamacare site

Ouroboros, possibly a Russian-fueled malware campaign
aka known as Agent.btz may actually date back as far as 2006, rather than 2011 as
first presented by a German security company last week.

BAE Systems The Snake Campaign
news.techworld.com...

www.theregister.co.uk...

The report in PDF form from BAE systems
info.baesystemsdetica.com...



Part of the BAE research involves the inclusion of various appendixes
that detail technical indicators for tipping off an organization that it
is being compromised by the malware, Garfield said, adding that these
should be deployed as soon as possible.

The German researchers suggested a Russian agency is behind the highly
sophisticated malware. A number of technical details led them to believe
that the group behind Uroburos is also behind a 2008 attack against the U.S.
using a piece of malware known as Agent.BTZ, with the use of
the Russian language being one connecting factor.


www.scmagazine.com...

Agent.btz Worm Won't Die After 2008 Attack On Military
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posted on Mar, 7 2014 @ 11:58 PM
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Coincidence that all this new hacking malware is developed in Russia, like the BlackPOS Point-Of-Sale malware?

A new sophisticated Russian hacking cartel?

A cyber cold war?

Is China connected somehow?

Maybe something bigger in the wings?




posted on Mar, 8 2014 @ 12:08 AM
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Could be, mulitple choice answer being several of the above;
since a few years ago we discovered the most significant U.S. breach ever...



* U.S. still grappling with spin-offs of attack code

* "Rogue program operating silently''

* Russia suspected in original attack

en.wikipedia.org...

No wonder that Obamacare was an easy target....

ETA: I have not heard of the BlackPOS Point-Of-Sale malware!
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posted on Mar, 8 2014 @ 01:28 AM
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Black pos malware grabs the card info during the swip at the point of sale and stores the info for batch dowloading.

Target was hit with it over the holidays. See my post "You’re the Next Victim of the Cyber Wars"

www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on Mar, 8 2014 @ 02:05 PM
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Snakes on Ukraine!

Hopefully they won't escape and crawl through any computers they weren't targeted at. In my opinion doing this kind of stuff to someone elses stuff (computers and their programs) is just mean.



posted on Mar, 8 2014 @ 04:01 PM
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Interesting that! I seem to recall there was a link to that Target breach,
and the Obamacare sites also....hmmm...



posted on Mar, 8 2014 @ 04:04 PM
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Aleister
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Hopefully they won't escape and crawl through any computers they weren't targeted at.


Well, the KGB has a nasty reputation eh, mean....yes!
Seems the Agent bzt malware could have been linked to the
infection in the drone software also, need to go dig those things up.



posted on Mar, 8 2014 @ 04:19 PM
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Cyber-Snake does sound sort of cool though.

Starring Kurt Russell...

A dystopian government moves to take over a smaller nation. All computer networks are crippled by a massive attack...

In a world so accustomed to high technology, there's only one option: A throwback to the past...

Coming this 2014:

Escape from Ukraine.

Directed and written by John Carpenter...



posted on Mar, 8 2014 @ 09:20 PM
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Grifter42
Cyber-Snake does sound sort of cool though.

Starring Kurt Russell...

A dystopian government moves to take over a smaller nation. All computer networks are crippled by a massive attack...

In a world so accustomed to high technology, there's only one option: A throwback to the past...



Loved Kurt Russell, Snake character that was goooood!

And, your idea there about the new movie sounds like a home run
if you ask me....it could dovetail in after Terminator Redemption.




posted on Mar, 11 2014 @ 07:00 PM
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Someone should just trip and flip the switch to Russia's internet off lol. See how they like that, or send a barrage of a Stuxnet type virus into their military plants. We don't go into a country and beat woman and children with clubs to take it permanently. We have a lunatic in the white house out of control with drones but that is not our fault.




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