Security giant Kaspersky was the victim of a cyberattack against its corporate headquarters and they don’t think these were some random hackers. The company believes this massive attack was state-sponsored, which means a country was behind the attack.
The company discovered what it calls a “nearly invisible” intrusion in the spring. The attacker was a highly-skilled, mysterious actor known as Duqu.
Kaspersky admits the attack was almost impossible to trace. This attack had unique features that even top security experts had never seen before and it almost didn’t leave a trace. The attack elevates the privileges of an attacker and then spreads malware across remote computers. It doesn’t leave behind files or change system settings.
Kaspersky called the atack “a generation ahead” of anything they’ve seen before. A similar attack was launched to coincide with the 70th anniversary event for the liberation of Auschwitz. The venues where the many dignitaries gathered were the targets in this case.
The goal of this attack was to spy on Kaspersky’s research and internal processes and the company still isn’t sure exactly what exactly they got their hands on. According to the company, “Kaspersky Lab strongly believes the primary goal of the attack was to acquire information on the company’s newest technologies. The attackers were especially interested in the details of product innovations including Kaspersky Lab’s Secure Operating System, Kaspersky Fraud Prevention, Kaspersky Security Network and Anti-APT solutions and services. Non-R&D departments (sales, marketing, communications, legal) were out of attackers’ interests.”
They showed a high-level of interest in Kaspersky’s work on stopping targeted attacks like the one they were carrying out.
Kaspersky does say that they are confident that their products and services were not affected and that those using their security software will not be affected.
However, the investigation is still ongoing and the company won’t have the final results on the full impact of this attack for some time.