On Friday, Wikileaks published documents on CIA’s spy malware project known as Athena. The spyware is capable of hijacking all Windows versions Windows XP to Windows 10. Another module of Athena Malware called Hera affects PCs running Windows 8 to Windows 10.
According to the leaked documents, the malware can hijack entire PC, allowing the attacker to steal data and send it elsewhere. And malware can also allow the attacker to delete data, and perform additional infections of a PC by installing different malicious programs.
The malware co-developed by the CIA in cooperation with Siege Technologies, a cybersecurity company in New Hampshire, US.
In leaked documents, the overview of Athena Technology reads that “Athena is a beacon loader developed with Siege Technologies. At the core it is a very simple implant application. It runs in user space and beacons from the srvhost process. The following diagram shows the concept of operation.”
“Once installed, the malware provides a beaconing capability (including configuration and task handling), the memory loading/unloading of malicious payloads for specific tasks and the delivery and retrieval of files to/from a specified directory on the target system,” writes Wikileaks.
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