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Kaspersky researcher Ido Noar says attackers have hit hundreds of small and medium businesses, stealing credentials and documents in a noisy smash-and-grab campaign. Noar says criminals have stolen some 10,000 documents from nanotechnology, education, and media outfits in an attack that foists a newly-discovered strain of …

  1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

    > nanotechnology

    > small and medium business


    1. Amos

      In other words all the small startups and split-offs from larger university-type organisations research groups. I'm seeing a bit of a trend in these past few weeks data theft articles.

  2. Crazy Operations Guy Silver badge

    "does not go the extra mile to hide its activity"

    I wouldn't consider something like hiding the CnC as 'the extra mile' more like an essential part of the malware... Much like wearing a disguise to a robbery, sure you might be able to get away, but not for very long.

  3. John Brown (no body) Silver badge


    I wonder how the authors of the binary newsreader package are feeling about being associated with malware and crime? Both Grabits are software so there's almost certainly an opportunity to sue for defamation by association.

    Did anyone bring popcorn?

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

      Re: Grabit?

      "These are the wrong trousers, Grabit!"

  4. ecofeco Silver badge

    Small business IT admins?

    Oxymoron right there. Most small businesses have a part time contract person at best and no user policy at all.

  5. Apptifred

    SMEs are good at running their business, but they are not good at protecting it from cyber crime. Lack of knowledge and resources leaves them wide open to fraud and theft.

    But they are small and cannot afford the security trained organizations of larger corporations. Security is too complex and difficult today and has to be made simple by the suppliers. It's our fault if it's not being used, not the SMEs.

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