Cyber-espionage malware circulating throughout Middle East

Thursday - 7/19/2012, 1:45pm EDT

Another piece of cyber-espionage malware is circulating throughout the Middle East, according to CSO Online.

Kaspersky Labs reports the "Mahdi" virus records keystrokes, audio and screenshots from infected computers. The researchers believe the virus may have originated in Iran because the virus communicates with a server in Tehran.

The malware is distributed via "rogue emails" that use social engineering to trick victims into opening infected PowerPoint files.

The name Mahdi comes from a prominent, messianic figure in the Muslim faith, according to the website.

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