March 8, 2014
An aggressive cyber weapon called Snake has infected dozens of
Ukrainian computer networks including government systems in one of the
most sophisticated attacks of recent years.
known as Ouroboros, after the serpent of Greek mythology that swallowed
its own tail, experts say it is comparable in its complexity with Stuxnet, the malware that was found to have disrupted Iran’s uranium enrichment programme in 2010.
The cyber weapon has been deployed most aggressively since the start
of last year ahead of protests that climaxed two weeks ago with the
overthrow of Viktor Yanukovich’s government.
Ouroboros gives its operators unfettered access to networks for
surveillance purposes. But it can also act as a highly advanced “digital
beachhead” that could destroy computer networks with wide-ranging
repercussions for the public.
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