Costin G. Raiu - Advanced malware cyberespionage: From Flame and RedOctober to Miniduke

Director, Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) Kaspersky Lab


During the past years, high-level cyber-espionage campaigns have successfully infiltrated computer networks at diplomatic, governmental and scientific research organizations around the world, gathering data and intelligence from mobile devices, computer systems and network equipment.

Kaspersky Lab's researchers have spent several months analyzing malware such as RedOctober or Miniduke, which target governmental organizations from Eastern Europe, former USSR members and countries in Central Asia, but also in NATO countries, including some in Western Europe and North America.

We have come to understand that we are living the dawn of cyberwar; as countries invest more money into offensive capabilities, cyberattacks increase and we are quickly moving towards a huge escalation of these conflicts into cyberspace.

In this presentation we will discuss the most recent cyberwarfare incidents, solutions for defense against targeted attacks and offer a glimpse of the future of cyberespionage."


Costin specializes in analyzing advanced persistent threats and high-level malware attacks. He is leading the Global Research and Analysis Team at Kaspersky that researched the inner workings of Stuxnet, Duqu, Flame, Gauss and more recently, Red October. Costin’s work includes analyzing malicious websites, exploits and online banking malware. Costin has over 17 years of experience in anti-virus technologies and security research. He is a member of the Virus Bulletin Technical Advisory Board, a member of the Computer AntiVirus Researchers’ Organization (CARO) and a reporter for the Wildlist Organization International. Prior to joining Kaspersky Lab, Costin worked for GeCad as Chief Researcher and as a Data Security Expert with the RAV antivirus developers group. Costin joined Kaspersky Lab in 2000. Prior to becoming Director of the Global Research & Analysis Team in 2010, Costin held the position of Chief Security Expert, overseeing research efforts in the EEMEA region. Some of his hobbies include chess, high precision arithmetic, cryptography, chemistry, photography and the Science Fiction literature.

Twitter: @craiu

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