Agent.BTZ Spyware Hit Europe Hard after U.S. Military Attack
Reuters, Jim Finkle
computer virus believed to be from Russia infected hundreds of thousands of PCs
around the globe after attacking the U.S. military's Central Command in an
unprecedented breach uncovered in 2008, according to the details of new research
released on Wednesday.
director of research at Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, told Reuters on Wednesday
that at least 400,000 computers across Russia and Europe were infected with the
virus, dubbed Agent.BTZ, based on the number of infections detected by his
firm's anti-virus software.
He said he
believes the operators of Agent.BTZ have since stopped communicating with the
virus after infections peaked around 2011. Read more.