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Another data-wiping malware program found in Iran
A new piece of malware that deletes entire partitions and user files from infected computers has been found in Iran, according to an alert issued by Maher, Iran's Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center (CERTCC).
Maher Center described the new threat as a targeted attack, but said that it has a simple design and is not similar to other sophisticated targeted attacks previously seen in the region. "Despite its simplicity in design, the malware is efficient and can wipe disk partitions and user profile directories without being recognized by anti-virus software," the center said in its advisory.
Several security companies have confirmed Maher's findings and said the threat is unsophisticated. The malware is designed to delete all data from disk partitions identified with letters D to I, as well as files located on the desktop of the currently logged in user, security researchers from antivirus vendor Symantec said Monday in a blog post.