Sunday, September 2, 2012

Cyber-espionage Mahdi virus spreads further in Middle East

Virus developers have changed the code to evade detection, according to Israel-based Seculert, which said that there have been 150 new victims over the past six weeks. That brings the total number of infections to about 1,000, Reuters reports.

In Islamic tradition, the Mahdi is the prophesied redeemer of Islam who will rule before the Day of Judgment, ridding the world of injustice and tyranny. Appropriately, the spyware virus that takes its name appears to be politically motivated, built to steal files and monitor emails and instant messages. It also sends screenshots and snapshots of audio and keystroke sequences back to its developers.

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