When it comes to corporate espionage, we are all inclined to think this is a threat facing government bodies and big corporations. The last thing we expect is your average startup company or any other small and medium sized business to warrant such level of attention from would-be cyber criminals.
Well, the rude awakening by Kaspersky Lab is that SMEs too are increasingly featuring on the menu list for perpetrators of corporate espionage and cyber crimes. A report tabled by Kaspersky Lab talks of a new cyber-spying campaign using spyware named Grabit. This spyware is said to have stolen about 10,000 files from SMEs, primarily in the United States, India, and Thailand.
According to Kaspersky, Grabit targets SMEs in the agriculture, media, chemicals, education, nanotechnology and construction industries. It disguises itself as a Microsoft Word document sent as an attachment in emails.
“We see a lot of spying campaigns focused on enterprises, government organizations and other high-profile entities, with SMBs rarely seen in the lists of targets. But Grabit shows that it’s not just a ‘big-fish-game’.” Said, Ido Noar, a senior security researcher of the Global …read more