New malicious malware on the prowl targets the Middle East

Kaspersky discover new virus. (Supplied)

Kaspersky Lap Global Research and Analysis Team has discovered a wiper malware that destroys everything on the infected computer.

The wiper called StoneDrill is similar to the Shamoon wiper, which targeted and destroyed 35,000 computers in an oil and gas company based in the Middle East in 2012.

The Kaspersky team identified two targets for the new wiper, with one in Europe and the other target based in the Middle East.

The team is yet to explore how the wiping virus spreads across computers, but it injects itself in the memory process of the users’ browsers before it starts destroying the machine’s disc files.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53