This week, a recently discovered surveillance malware known as "Casper," was linked to the French government, Canadian security researchers revealed. Similar to the surveillance malware discovered last month, dubbed 'Babar,' which exposed the covert spying operation conducted by the General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) and the French government, Casper is believed to have been developed by hackers for governmental espionage campaigns.
Called a “recognition tool,” Casper is designed to identify suspects by profiling 'victims' via malware to determine whether deeper surveillance is required. Casper made the news last April, when the malware was hosted on the Syrian Ministry of Justice website, exploiting two flash player zero-day vulnerabilities. These exploits, which allow hackers to collect information from targeted computers, cost millions in the exploit market and, according to online sources, are believed to have been developed by experts with “significant financial resources”—in other words, government bodies.