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Security researchers at Kaspersky Lab have unearthed a suite of surveillance platforms that can hide within the firmware of hard drives from more than a dozen manufacturers. The attackers, which Kaspersky is calling the Equation Group due to their complex skill set, are the most advanced that the researchers have encountered to date.
The programs, some of which date back to 2001, appear to have been developed in succession with each new program being more sophisticated than the last according to Wired.
Personal computers in more than 30 different countries have been discovered to carry the infection, Kaspersky said.