Lighthouse Technology Solutions Blog

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that have been used in the blog.
  • Archives
    Archives Contains a list of blog posts that were created previously.
Posted by on in IT Blog

Red October: Malware that Attacks Governments

b2ap3_thumbnail_virus400.jpgViruses and malware aren't just annoyances that slow down your computers. They can be extremely malicious and do a lot of harm. For instance, a newly discovered strain of malware known as Red October specifically targets governmental bodies and research institutions. Worst of all, it has been around for 5 years before finally being discovered by internet security firms.

Red October mostly targets institutions in Europe, Russia, and Asia. Kaspersky Lab, the cyber security firm that discovered the malware, says that Red October affects computers, mobile devices, and network infrastructures. Red October intelligently targets specific users within organizations and then extracts sensitive information.

The malware triggers a series of tasks that allow it to steal data from Microsoft Office, PDF documents, and emails. Red October can also record keyboard activity, take screenshots, steal browser history, passwords, and scan the network for other devices to infect. It is a little unnerving to think that Red October has had free range on government networks for 5 years before finally being detected. Because of the potentially sensitive information that may or may not have been compromised, information about Red October has been scarce.

Red October is a malware that is a weapon being used on today's virtual frontlines. We live in a day where governments are actively recruiting hackers for defensive and offensive purposes. In the world of hackers, this government-targeting group calls themselves hacktivist. They are responsible for creating and deploying virtual threats like Red October and they are not always officially found in the ranks of government. Rogue terrorist groups also use hackers, and they are often well funded by other groups who share their agenda.

Granted, Red October has a very specific type of target, and your business is probably not at an immediate risk. Although, any hacktivist group that targets your country could easily launch a potentially devastating cyber-attack your business. Computer viruses don't discriminate. This kind of threat can cause disaster for a company's reputation, especially when client data is involved. It is vital that a business keeps its antivirus up to date, as well as stays on top of Windows updates and other security patches for software.

Lighthouse Technology Solutions can be your best defense against cyber-attacks. We can scan your network to look for infections and provide a UTM firewall solution that will make your system bulletproof from virtually any virtual attack. With our remote monitoring and maintenance service, we will even keep your antivirus software updated and continuously monitor your network for threats. Call Lighthouse Technology Solutions at 703-533-LTSI (5874) to arm your business with the strongest network protections available on planet Earth.

With over 15 users experience of providing IT solutions and advice. Mixing innovations in technlogy with clients requirements is rewarding and inspiring when we sit down to measure the results.

Comments

  • No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

Leave your comment

Guest Wednesday, 23 October 2019

EasyBlog Latest Blogs

Things That Go Bump in the Server Closet
Miscellaneous
Halloween is a time to conjure up things that give people the creeps. Scary sounds are just one way to send shivers up the spine. Sounds like, howling werewolves, zombie groans, chainsaws, and bloodc...
Continue Reading...

Latest News

Our Site Has Launched!

flag

Welcome to Our New Site!
We are proud to announce the unveiling of our new website at Lighthouse Technology Solutions!

Read more...

Contact Us

Learn more about what Lighthouse Technology Solutions can do for your business.

callphone

Call us today
703-533-LTSI (5874)

119 Lounsbury Place
Falls Church, Virginia 22046