Kaspersky has labeled the name of the hackers as “Equation Group,” due to their advanced use of encryption and revealed that this group is probably one of the most sophisticated cyber attack groups in the world.
Moreover, the group uses classic spying techniques to deliver malicious payloads to the victims and can easily infect the hard drives.
According to the revealed research report, the Equation group targets victims from more than 30 countries, and Pakistan is one of them. Rest of the countries include Iran, Russia, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, India, France, Germany, Singapore and many more.
The victims targeted by the Equation group belong to following categories mostly.
• Governments and diplomatic institutions
• Nuclear research
• Oil and gas
• Islamic activists and scholars
• Mass media
• Financial institutions
Companies developing cryptographic technologies interestingly, the report by Kaspersky declares that the users of 3 countries are surely not on the hit list of the Equation group i.e. Jordan, Turkey and Egypt.
Although Kaspersky has not revealed the connection of The Equation Group with any country however, it has said that this spying campaign is closely connected to Stuxnet, which is computer worm made by NSA to attack uranium enrichment infrastructure of Iran and it is important to note that National Security Agency (NSA) is an intelligence agency of United States.