ESET Security researchers have discovered a new malware (Gazer) campaign

Gazer a new malware targeting consulates, ministries and embassies

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Gazer a new malware targeting consulates, ministries and embassies

 

Gazer a new malware targeting consulates, ministries and embassies. ESET Security researchers have discovered a new malware (Gazer) campaign targeting governments, ministries and embassies worldwide to spy on governments and diplomats.

Gazer is active since 2016 and is thought to be carried out by Turla advanced persistent threat (APT) hacking group that’s been previously associated with Russian intelligence.Gazer a new malware targeting consulates, ministries and embassies.

ESET’s security researchers are the first in the world to document the advanced malware, which they have called “Gazer”, in spite of evidence that it has been actively deployed in targeted attacks against governments and diplomats since at least 2016.

According to ESET researchers:

Gazer a new malware targeting consulates, ministries and embassies.

“Gazer’s success can be explained by the advanced methods it uses to spy on its intended targets, and its ability to remain persistent on infected devices, embedding itself out of sight on victim’s computers in an attempt to steal information for a long period of time.”

“ESET researchers have discovered that Gazer has managed to infect a number of computers around the world, with the most victims being located in Europe.”

The difference between Gazer and past creations of the Turla cyberespionage group become clear when the malware is analyzed. The malware makes extra attempts to avoid detection by modifying strings within its code, randomizing markers, and cleaning files securely.

All organizations are recommended to take today’s sophisticated threats serious and adopt a layered defense to decrease the risks of a security breach.

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What is ESET?

ESET is an IT security company that offers anti-virus and firewall products such as ESET NOD32. It was founded in 1992. ESET is headquartered in BratislavaSlovakia, and was awarded the recognition of the most successful Slovak company in 2008, 2009 and in 2010.

The company was founded in 1992 when Miroslav Trnka and Peter Paško, authors of antivirus software NOD, partnered up with Rudolf Hrubý. They adopted ESET, the name of the Egyptian goddess of health, marriage and love, as the company name. In 1998 NOD received the VB100 award of Virus Bulletin, which helped the company establish subsidiaries in the United States, Argentina and Singapore, and development facilities in Poland and Czech Republic. Gazer a new malware targeting consulates, ministries and embassies.

Timeline
  • 1987 – The first version of antivirus NOD is created by Peter Paško and Miroslav Trnka
  • 1992 – Founding of ESET spol. s.r.o. in Czechoslovakia (now in Slovakia)
  • 1998 – ESET NOD32 Antivirus received the first Virus Bulletin Test award
  • 1999 – Forming of ESET, LLC in San Diego, United States
  • 2001 – Founding of ESET Software Company in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2008 – Founding of ESET Research and Development Center in Poland
  • 2012 – Founding of ESET Research and Development Center in Montreal, Canada
  • 2013 – ESET launches ESET Secure Authentication, its first authentication product
  • 2013 – ESET launches Managed Service Provider (MSP) Program
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