Kaspersky uncovers malware attack of routers in Middle East, Africa

Slingshot global attackKaspersky uncovers malware attack of routers. (Image source: Kaspersky)Researchers at cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab said they had seen around 100 victims of a malware named “Slingshot” in the Middle East and Africa region

The company’s researchers said the malware, which has been active for at least 6 years, infects routers through unauthorised keylogger programs. “The functionality is very precious and profitable for the attackers, which could explain why it has been around for at least six years,” said Alexey Shulmin, lead malware analyst, Kaspersky Lab. The company said that the malware collects screenshots, keyboard data, network data, passwords, USB connections among others. Kaspersky said most of the victims were individuals rather than organizations, but there were some government organizations and institutions. Kenya and Yemen account for most of the victims, the report added.

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