According to the Moscow-based security firm, Kaspersky Lab, a newly discovered but relatively old malware Slingshot. It is one of the most advanced attack platforms they have ever discovered. All indications seem to suggest that the malware was created on behalf of a well-resourced country and for purposes of espionage.
Kaspersky Lab says the level of sophistication that went into creating the Slingshot malware only rivals the following malware that were also so potent that they broke records with their ingenuity:
Project Sauron – This malware was very potent and managed to hide away from security software for years.
Regin – an advanced backdoor that infected the Belgian telecom Belgacom among other high profile targets.
In a 25-page report published last Frida, researchers at Kaspersky Lab wrote:
“The discovery of Slingshot reveals another complex ecosystem where multiple components work together in order to provide a very flexible and well-oiled cyber-espionage platform. The malware is highly advanced, solving all sorts of problems from a technical perspective and often in a very elegant way, combining older and newer components in a thoroughly thought-through, long-term operation, …read more