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'Babar' Malware Attributed To France 65

sarahnaomi writes: The NSA, GCHQ, and their allies in the Five Eyes are not the only government agencies using malware for surveillance. French intelligence is almost certainly hacking its targets too — and now security researchers believe they have proof. On Wednesday, the researchers will reveal new details about a powerful piece of malware known as "Babar," which is capable of eavesdropping on online conversations held via Skype, MSN and Yahoo messenger, as well as logging keystrokes and monitoring which websites an infected user has visited. The researchers are publishing two separate but complementary reports that analyze samples of the malware, and all but confirm that France's spying agency the General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) was responsible for its creation.
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'Babar' Malware Attributed To France

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  • by Arkh89 ( 2870391 ) on Wednesday February 18, 2015 @02:16PM (#49081053)

    The first ever malware to work only 35 hours a week...

  • by OzPeter ( 195038 ) on Wednesday February 18, 2015 @02:30PM (#49081123)

    It could have been the Asterix malware. That shit doesn't just spy on you, it beats the crap out of of you - and then has a nice feast to celebrate!

  • Lord forbid a security researcher share list of user name and passwords, or a journalist post a link to a database dump, or a college student download a large number of academic journal articles through MIT's computer network.... These evil computer hackers need to be put away forever to protect the children, moral people everywhere, and our pristine government that can do no wrong. The death penalty probably won't be too good for them!

    However, should the government want to hack us, destroy our privacy, i

    • These evil computer hackers need to be put away forever to protect the children

      I believe they are also responsible for global warming.

  • by SuperKendall ( 25149 ) on Wednesday February 18, 2015 @03:01PM (#49081313)

    I mean, who else is going to craft malware named after french speaking elephant [].

  • Everyone get online and start talking about terrorism to flood the snoopers.

    • Protest?

      Great idea, then the NSA can justify a bigger black budget in a country that has been floating on credit since it went bankrupt in 1971 as a direct result of what the mob did in the late 50's/early 60's beyond turning national security into a fucking joke. It is completely understandable as to why they did what they did to Snowden, and not in a good way. The more people they push towards the edge, the more that will start playing it like they have nothing left to lose. Think Bosnia.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 18, 2015 @04:02PM (#49081789)

    The 'Bieber' malware has been attributed to Canada, which is capable of infecting all news websites with inane celebrity gossip.

  • by aepervius ( 535155 ) on Wednesday February 18, 2015 @05:56PM (#49082533)
    The "evidence" are : 1) babar & titi the names (babar from a children book published in 1931... and has pretty much international readership and has shows in canada) Or pretty damn simply a fan of soccer.

    2) MSIE misspelled as MSI which anybody could have done

    That is quiiiite flimsy. I hope they have more.
  • I figure they are going after most users which will exclude hackers since they all use Linux or some form of to do their work.

  • This malware invades Windows desktop machines and aims at exfiltrating almost anything of value: it steals data from instant messengers, softphones, browsers and office applications .. A target machine is infected possibly through a drive-by or malicious e-mail attachments. Babar is deployed through a malware dropper, which installs the malware ...
  • As long as my ICQ chats aren't vulnerable Im happy
  • The report says "Titi is a French diminutive for Thiery, or a colloquial term for a small person".

    Well first it's Thierry with two 'r's, but I've never seen titi being used as a diminutive for it, though that's because nobody would stand to it being used in public. Then there's the titi parisien [] but I've never seen titi referring to a small person.

    But all this misses the point. Just like an uninspired English-speaking programmer will call his variable 'foo' and then 'bar' if he needs a second one, a Fre

1 Mole = 007 Secret Agents