This is the new face of cyberwar: “Red October”

The recently discovered (by Kapersky Lab) Red October cyber espionage campaign digs up intelligence and re-uses it to gain deeper access:

“The main purpose of the operation appears to be the gathering of classified information and geopolitical intelligence, although it seems that the information gathering scope is quite wide,” Kaspersky said. “During the past five years, the attackers collected information from hundreds of high profile victims although it’s unknown how the information was used. It is possible that the information was sold on the black market, or used directly.”,2817,2414260,00.asp