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Bank-fraud Software Takes Aim at Government Secrets

Reuters, By: Joseph Menn

The world of criminal computer hacking has traditionally been far removed from the cyber-spying efforts of governments, but security experts say several recent cases suggest the lines are starting to blur.

Enterprising hackers are now using tools built for raiding online bank accounts to target corporate and government secrets, either on a for-hire basis or on speculation that government documents could be valuable in underground markets, according to security consultants.

Two weeks ago, security firm Kaspersky Lab announced that it had discovered a spyware campaign targeting embassies and other government offices around the world that was sophisticated enough to remain undetected for five years.

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