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A Newly-Discovered Computer Virus Is Wiping Data From Iranian Hard Drives

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Michael Kelley
Business Insider
December 18, 2012

Iranian computers are being targeted by a new malicious virus that clears large portions of hard drives, according to Iran’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT).

Cybersecurity researchers don’t know where the virus came from. All they know is that it’s very simple and very effective.

Dan Goodin of ArsTechnia reports that the malware, dubbed “Batchwiper,” systematically wipes certain drive partitions (i.e. sections of a hard drive) as well as any files stored on the Windows desktop of the user who is logged in when it’s executed.

“Despite its simplicity in design, the malware is efficient and can wipe disk partitions and user profile directories without being recognized by antivirus,” CERT stated. “However, it is not considered to be widely distributed.”

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