A nasty new piece of malware has been discovered in the Middle
East targeting energy companies. Unlike Stuxnet, Duqu or Flame,
which stalked the same ground, this one's purely, strangely
Dubbed "Shamoon" after a filename found in its code, the
spyware infects all the computers in an internal network,
then effectively erases them — but not before collecting the
names of the files it's overwritten and sending them out to an
unknown command-and-control server.
It may have already hit Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia's state-owned
oil-production company, which said Wednesday that it had shut down its main computer systems after
an unspecified malware intrusion.