A major cyber-attack that may have been stealing confidential documents since 2007 has been discovered by Russian researchers.

The attack, named ‘Red October’ was designed to steal encrypted files and recover files that had been deleted.

The malware targeted government institutions such as embassies and nuclear research centres in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Although these countries  were the main target victims could be found in other areas including North America and Western Europe.

Discovered in October last year by Kaspersky Labs, the malware was considered to be a massive cyber attack campaign.

It appears that the main objective of the attackers behind the malware was to gather sensitive documents from compromised organisations in a well planned attack.

If discovered and deleted the malware would simply hide itself on the computer and when normal activity resumed it would restart. This is the first malware with this ability to be discovered.

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