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New Cyber-Weapon Belies Spy Agencies’ National Security Claims

from Who What Why:

Washington’s cyber spies haven’t been resting on their laurels since unleashing the infamous Stuxnet computer worm in 2009.

Now, researchers at security firm Symantec have exposed another advanced cyber-weapon called Regin, which British and American intelligence agencies very likely used to hack into computer systems at the European Union, along with other high-level targets around the world.

The global Regin “hit list” belies the intelligence agencies’ claims that their spying is limited to missions of national security. Nearly half of those targeted were private individuals and small businesses, according to Symantec. The other half included telecom providers, energy companies, airlines, research institutes and the hospitality industry.

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