CBS News, By: Chehda Ngak
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 organizations.
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.