Top German official infected by highly advanced spy trojan with NSA ties

October 26,  2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel may not be the only high-ranking leader from that country to be spied on by the National Security Agency. According to a report published over the weekend, German authorities are investigating whether the head of the German Federal Chancellery unit had his laptop infected with Regin, a highly sophisticated suite of malware programs that has been linked to the NSA and its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters.

“Backdoor Regin” bears a resemblance to Stuxnet, was developed by a wealthy nation.

As Ars reported almost 12 months ago, Regin is among the most advanced pieces of malware ever discovered, with dozens of modules that can be used to customize attacks on targets in the telecommunications, hospitality, energy, airline, and research industries. Its technical DNA bears some resemblance to previously discovered state-sponsored malware, including the espionage trojans known as Flame and Duqu, as well as Stuxnet, the computer worm and trojan that the US and Israel reportedly unleashed to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program.

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