Social Engineering and Malware in Syria: EFF and Citizen Lab’s Latest Report on the Digital Battlefield

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on December 23, 2013

“More than two years into the Syrian conflict, the violence continues both on the ground and in the digital realm. Just as human rights investigators and weapons inspectors search for evidence of chemical weapons, EFF, and the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab have been collecting, dissecting, and documenting malicious software deployed against the Syrian opposition. Citizen Lab security researchers Morgan Marquis-Boire and John Scott-Railton and EFF Global Policy Analyst Eva Galperin today published their latest technical paper, Quantum of Surveillance: Familiar Actors and Possible False Flags in Syrian Malware Campaigns. The report outlines how pro-government attackers have targeted the opposition, as well as NGO workers and journalists, with social engineering and “Remote Access Tools” (RAT).”

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