Red October Removal Tool

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 @ 03:01 PM gHale

There is now a free removal tool available that targets the just discovered malware, used in Red October cyber-espionage campaign.

The tool is very straightforward and does not require installation. You simply launch the executable and start the scan and the application searches for infection traces. Statistics display at the bottom of the screen showing the total number of infected files discovered and how many of them have been cleaned, said officials at Bitdefender, who created the tool.

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The Red October campaign identified by Kaspersky Labs researchers seems to date as back as far as May 2007 and targeted organizations from Eastern Europe, Central Asia and former USSR members.

Apparently, the goal of the campaign is gathering sensitive details from mobile devices, computer systems and network equipment.

The malware used in the campaign generally ends up disguised as documents sent out in spear phishing emails.

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