Kaspersky Labs, an online security firm, announced Monday that
for at least five years, a cyber-espionage campaign has breached
computer networks at diplomatic, government and scientific research
A campaign called "Red October," or "Rocra" for
short, has malicious software actively sending data to "multiple
command-and-control servers." Command-and-control servers are data
centers that can remotely manage computers that run malware. Kaspersky's
report says "Red October's" configuration rivals the Flame malware that
made headlines last year, when it was discovered to have infected
computers in Iran.
"It's a professional, multi-year cyber-espionage campaign," Kurt Baumgartner, senior security researcher at Kaspersky Labs, tells CBSNews.com.