Beyond Stuxnet and Flame: Equation ‘most advanced’ cybercriminal gang recorded (updated)

Charlie Osborne reports:

Kaspersky Labs has discovered the “ancestor” of Stuxnet and Flame, a threat actor which surpasses everything else in complexity and technique sophistication.

On Monday at the Kaspersky Labs Security Analyst Summit, the firm unveiled research concerning the existence of a cyberattack team dubbed The Equation Group. The group, which Kaspersky Lab Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) members dub the “ancestor” of Stuxnet and Flame operators, has been in operation dating back to 2001 and possibly as early as 1996.

The Equation Group uses multiple malware platforms, some of which go far beyond threats such as Regin in complexity and sophistication.

Read more on ZDNet.

Update: You’ll also want to read Dan Goodin’s detailed write-up on Ars Technica.

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