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Since the discovery of Stuxnet several years ago, there has been a parade of targeted malware (such as Flame, Duqu, Gauss and now Regin) that may have been created or sponsored by nation states. These complex threats have a dizzying array of functionality designed, at least in part, to spy on its intended victims. Naturally, such exceptional threats garner much media coverage. But as an average person or business, is this something you need to worry about?
Generally speaking, unless you have state secrets or provide financial or Internet services to someone who does, it is not likely that you will run across such notable threats as Regin (detected by ESET as Win32/Regin) and company.
This does not mean that there are no potential threats to the average person, as by most counts, more than 200,000 new malware is discovered every day. And most of them are significantly less complex, yet far more prevalent. For those of us who are not targeted by government agencies, protection is a relatively simple thing, and there are things all of us can do to make ourselves safer against regular malware threats:
In this era of the proliferation of complex, targeted malware, it can seem like the battle is lost and we cannot hope to beat the onslaught. If a sufficiently funded and determined adversary such as a nation state is targeting a company or individual, the best hope may be quick detection after the fact. But for most people, around the world, we are not likely to be caught in the crosshairs of these digital weapons. There are many things most of us can do to improve our security to a reasonable degree, so that we can severely limit the number of malware that are truly a threat to us.
Author Lysa Myers, ESET