Raccoon Stealer Malware and NTRO

Raccoon Stealer Malware and NTRO

News: The National Technical Research Organisation(NTRO), a specialized intelligence agency, has informed that eight government entities were targeted by the Raccoon Stealer malware.

What is Raccoon Stealer?
 It is a kind of malware that steals various data from an infected computer. The malware is usually delivered through email and is available as Malware-as-a-service (MaaS).
 Malware-as-a-Service (MaaS) is the term used to describe the unlawful leasing of software and hardware for the purpose of conducting cyber-attacks. This service is available for purchase on the Dark Web by hackers. It is often used by cybercriminals to launch attacks against individuals or organizations.

About NTRO:
 It was established in 2004.
 It is a technical intelligence agency under the National Security Adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office. It has the same “norms of conduct” as the Intelligence Bureau and the Research and Analysis Wing.
 HQ – New Delhi

Which organisations work under NTRO?
 The National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre has been created to monitor, intercept and assess threats to critical infrastructure and other vital installations from intelligence gathered using sensors and platforms which include satellites, drones etc.
 It also has the National Institute of Cryptology Research and Development (NICRD), which is the first of its kind in Asia.
 NTRO operates from Technology Experiment Satellite(TES), Cartosat-2A, EMISAT and Cartosat-2B besides two Radar Imaging Satellites namely RISAT-1 & RISAT-2

 During 2019 Balakot airstrike, NTRO also played an important role. NTRO surveillance confirmed 300 targets via active mobile connections in Markaz Syed Ahmad Shaheed training camp, just few days before IAF airstrike. 

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