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The Mask is an advanced threat actor that has been involved in cyber-espionage operations since at least 2007.

What makes The Mask special is the complexity of the toolset used by the attackers. This includes an extremely sophisticated piece of malware, a rootkit, a bootkit, Mac OS X and Linux versions and possibly versions for Android and iPad/iPhone (iOS).

The Mask also uses a customized attack against older Kaspersky Lab products in order to hide in the system. This puts it above Duqu in terms of sophistication, making The Mask one of the most advanced threats at the current time. This and several other factors make us believe this could be a state-sponsored operation.

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So far, we observed Trojans for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. Some of the exploit server paths contain modules that appear to have been designed to infect Linux computers, but we have not yet located the Linux backdoor


I don't rule out a Linux vulnerability, that would be foolish. But if you have data you don't want stealing or even someone exploiting your hardware for mining or even using your webcam.. perhaps Linux is at the moment still a better option than windows..

Oh, actually I forgot nobody has anything to hide .. so i guess there is no problem with this smile.gif
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I don't rule out a Linux vulnerability, that would be foolish. But if you have data you don't want stealing or even someone exploiting your hardware for mining or even using your webcam.. perhaps Linux is at the moment still a better option than windows..

Oh, actually I forgot nobody has anything to hide .. so i guess there is no problem with this smile.gif
At this level of sophistication it wouldn't surprise me that Linux was targeted too. How many rootkits are still out there waiting to be discovered? (or not).
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