Kaspersky Lab researchers have uncovered a new malware they have dubbed “miniFlame” that is believed to be reserved for high-profile victims, Wired reports.
Kaspersky said that miniFlame is a spy malware found on computers that were previously infected by the Flame and Gauss spyware in Lebanon, Iran, and other countries.
Researchers believe that the Flame virus was used to infiltrate and steal information from thousands of computers and after sifting through the data, high profile targets were infected with miniFlame.
Roel Schouwenberg, senior researcher at Kaspersky Lab, said that a computer in Lebanon has all three malwares which could indicate the use of this multi-stage attack.
Schouwenberg added that unlike previous espionage tools, miniFlame allows attackers to directly control infected computers.
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