Unidentified hackers have launched a series of ‘invisible’ memory-based malware attacks on at least 140 organisations – including banks, telecoms companies and government agencies. The attacks, which are continuing, are spread across 40 countries; with the random list of US, UK, France, Ecuador and Kenya being the most heavily affected.
The attackers are utilising every conceivable anti-forensic technique in order to keep their activities secret. Security researchers are finding it hard to detect the attacks, as all evidence of malicious activity disappears when the system is rebooted.
Further muddying the waters, these stealth raids, which are stealing login credentials and financial data as well as bleeding bank accounts, may be the work of one or several unlinked cybercriminal gangs.