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Spy agencies hacked ‘Russian Google’

REGIN MALWARE:The hackers appeared to be searching for technical information on how Yandex authenticates user accounts as it could help a spy impersonate a user

Reuters, WASHINGTON, SAN FRANCISCO and LONDON

Moscow-based Yandex, listed on the NASDAQ in the US and the Moscow Exchange, has come under tighter regulatory control by the Russian government after the passage of new Internet laws.

Former Russian minister of economics and trade Herman Gref became a Yandex board member in 2014.

US firm Symantec said it had also recently discovered a new version of Regin. It declined to discuss where the sample was discovered, citing client confidentiality.

“Regin is the crown jewel of attack frameworks used for espionage. Its architecture, complexity and capability sits in a ballpark of its own,” Symantec Security Response technical director Vikram Thakur said. “We have seen different components of Regin in the past few months. Based on the victimology coupled with the investment required to create, maintain and operate Regin, we believe there are at best a handful of countries that could be behind its existence.”

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