Red October Could Be the Work of Sophisticated Hackers Catering to Secret Services

Mikko Hypponen and Eugene Kaspersky share some insight on Red October at DLD

By on January 21st, 2013 15:46 GMT

Kaspersky experts have published a detailed analysis on the cyber espionage campaign dubbed Red October, but a lot of questions still remain unanswered. Speaking at the Digital – Life – Design (DLD) conference, F-Secure’s Mikko Hypponen and Eugene Kaspersky have provided some interesting insight into the operation.

According to TechCrunch, both experts assume that Red October could be an attack sponsored by a nation state, especially since the targets are government agencies, embassies, and research institutes.

On the other hand, Kaspersky speculates that it might be the work of a hacktivist group – considering that they’re always on the hunt for secret information –, or a group of sophisticated hackers that provides its services to the secret services of various countries.

Interestingly, Kaspersky believes that the location of the attackers is probably not Russia, considering that Russian organizations have also been targeted. However, the founder of the world-renowned security firm says the source of the attack could be Israel.

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