Red October is a very dangerous malware, which is set to attack institutions based in Eastern Europe. Mostly, it seeks to steal important data from the governmental agencies that belong to the post-Soviet countries or Eastern Asia. Once it collects what it was set for, it sends this information to its command-and-control servers. Also called as Rocra, Red October is an advanced tool, which can connect not only to workstations. It can also attack any mobile device, network equipment, removable disk drive and steal passwords, loggin credentials or other sensitive information from them. Be aware that this program is still very active.
HOW SCAMMERS DISTRIBUTE RED OCTOBER MALWARE?
Red October malware is distributed similarly to other viruses. Scammers use misleading emails that have Microsoft Excel's or Word's document attached. According to experts, these letters are sent only to those who have been carefully selected previously. Once victim opens a letter and downloads a file, system gets infected with trojan horse, which downloads malicious files needed to Red October. This malware is capable not only to follow command center's tasks, update itself, but also remove the evidence. As we can see, attackers keep creating more and more dangerous parasites in order to collect information from the high profile victims. In order to prevent such malware, avoid opening emails sent by people you simply don't know. Besides, always make sure that you have updated anti-malware and anti-virus on your machine.