10 June, 2015 (c) Reuters
Cybersecurity firm claims Israel-linked virus used for spying found at three hotels that hosted talks between world powers and Iran.
The Wall Street Journal said the virus was widely believed to be used by Israeli spies and Kaspersky had linked it to “three luxury European hotels” used in the negotiations involving Iran and six world powers.
Kaspersky said it looked into the “cyber-intrusion” after detecting the “Duqu 2.0” malware in its own systems in early spring this year, which it said was designed to spy on its technology, research, and internal processes.
Other victims of Duqu had been found in Western countries, the Middle East and Asia, it said in an emailed statement.
“Most notably, some of the new 2014-2015 infections are linked to the P5+1 events and venues related to the negotiations with Iran about a nuclear deal,” the statement said.
“P5+1” refers to the six world powers negotiating with Iran on curbs to its disputed nuclear program — the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. The talks have been held in Geneva, Lausanne, Montreux, Munich and Vienna.
In February, the United States accused Israel of using selective leaks from the talks to distort the US position. Israel has denounced the diplomatic opening to Iran, saying it doubts any agreement arising from the talks will sufficiently restrain the disputed nuclear program of its arch-enemy.
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