According to an analysis by Kaspersky Labs, US National Security Agency (NSA) infected hard disk firmware with spyware in a campaign that dates back at least 14 years ago, possibly up to 20 years ago. The Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab explained in a recent report that it discovered a new family of malicious programs, also referred to as worms, which infected computers in several countries, especially overseas.
They also said that targets seem to have been specifically selected, as they included military, energy companies and other businesses, government personnel or Islamic activists. The Kaspersky report identified these cyber-spies as the Equation Group, and implied that the group is affiliated with the NSA.
“Theoretically, we were aware of this possibility, but as far as I know this is the only case ever that we have seen of an attacker having such an incredibly advanced capability. To be honest, I don’t think there’s any other group in this world that has this capability,”