BWAHAHAHAHA! New virus wiping out Iranian hard drives
The Washington Free Beacon's Adam Kredo is reporting that a new computer virus is wiping out computer hard drives in Iran (Hat Tip: Sunlight
A mysterious new computer virus has infected Iranian computers and is
completely wiping users’ hard drives, according to Iranian officials.
The “efficient” virus is said to “wipe files on different drives in
various predefined times” and cannot be detected by anti-virus software,
Iran’s official Information Technology Organization revealed in a statement over the weekend.
The malware does not appear to be as sophisticated as previous
viruses that have targeted computers governing Iran’s nuclear program,
according to the statement.
However, the website Ars Technica reported that the virus bears similarities to previous programs used to spy on Iran:
Dubbed Batchwiper, the malware systematically wipes any
drive partitions starting with the letters D through I, along with any
files stored on the Windows desktop of the user who is logged in when
it’s executed, according to security researchers who independently
confirmed the findings. The reports come seven months after an
investigation into another wiper program targeting the region led to the
discovery of Flame,
the highly sophisticated espionage malware reportedly designed by the
US and Israel to spy on Iran. Wiper, as the earlier wiping program is
known, shared a file-naming convention almost identical to those used by
the state-sponsored Stuxnet and Duqu operations, an indication it may have been related, security researchers said.
And the virus stays on the computer after it has been rebooted. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
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