Hot on the heels of last week’s Ransomware called WannaCry, WikiLeaks reports another spyware allegedly developed by CIA in collaboration with cyber security firm Siege Technologies codenamed “Athena” like the related “Hera” system which targets all versions of Windows, from XP to Windows 10.
On their website, Siege Technologies states that the company “… focuses on leveraging offensive cyberwar technologies and methodologies to develop predictive cyber security solutions for insurance, government and other targeted markets.“.
Athena allows attackers to gain complete control over computers, steal data and send it to CIA servers.
According to WikiLeaks, 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. It allows the operator to configure settings during runtime (while the implant is on target) to customize it to an operation.
How to protect your computer
As yet, Microsoft hasn’t reported any attacks however, users should take precautions. Microsoft always suggests that PC owners should upgrade to Windows 10 and regularly update their computers.
Given that Microsoft has patched the vulnerability that the “WannaCrypt” ransomware targeted, it could be possible that the company has already worked to create patches against “Athena” and “Hera”.
It is also highly recommended to keep your antivirus software updated on a regular basis.