There is a new malware making the rounds that has security researchers scratching their heads.
Shamoon, also known as Disttrack, is unusual as it infects a PC, steals certain data, sends the data to another infected PC and then overwrites the PC's master boot record, which makes the system virtually useless.
There has been some speculation why the attacker may have an interest in actually destroying the infected PC. Kaspersky Labs hinted
that the 900 KB malware could be related to Wiper, that was used in a cyber attack on Iran in April. After an analysis, the company concluded that this malware is more likely to come from "scriptkiddies" who were inspired by Wiper.