A lot of discussion revolves around the subject of harm versus good when it comes to advanced technology. A great deal of this sort of discussion inevitably deals with spying. Anything from our cell phones being tapped to wired internet searches, there is no doubt that technology has affected our privacy.
The Chicago Tribune reported that Kaspersky Lab security researchers released details about a secret, spying organization known as “The Mask.” The official name of the Spanish-speaking group is “Careto” which translates to “The Mask.”
Kaspersky Lab is an international computer security company based out of Russia. Researchers at Kaspersky Lab first discovered “The Mask” through emails the spy organization was sending to random users. “The Mask” would send out emails with fake links to major sites. The links would install malware to the receiving computers that allowed “The Mask” to obtain documents like encryption keys.
According to researchers, “The Mask” has been operating since 2007. The purpose of the group is not exactly clear. They are likely working for a government. This can be inferred due to the group’s advanced operations. The big unknown in the situation is the nation that they are working for.
Kaspersky Lab researchers began their investigation on “The Mask” about a year ago. Last week, as Kaspersky Lab’s report was being published, “The Mask” went offline and discontinued their operations. It is possible and likely that the group will come back and do things a little differently so it will take new efforts to detect the actions of “The Mask.”
Most people are aware that their internet searches may not be private and their calls could be tapped, but Kaspersky Lab’s report brings this issue to a new level – our level. The ethics behind this kind of spying is a major debate, but possibly, out of our control. As technology advances, who knows how far spying could be taken and how much privacy we will be entitled to.
By Bridget Devine
O’Brien, C. (2014, February 10). Meet “The Mask”: Possibly world’s most advanced computer spy outfit. chicagotribune.com. Retrieved February 12, 2014, from http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-meet-the-mask-possibly-worlds-most-advanced-cyberspy-outfit-20140210,0,7781938.story