By Jim Finkle | Reuters –
BOSTON (Reuters) – The scope of a cyber espionage campaign targeting Iran and other parts of the Middle East has widened, even after security experts blew the operation’s cover last month, according to the research firm that discovered the Mahdi Trojan.
Israeli security company Seculert said it had identified about 150 new victims over the past six weeks as developers of the Mahdi virus had changed the code to evade detection by anti-virus programs. That has brought the total number of infections found so far to nearly 1,000, the bulk of them in Iran.
“These guys continue to work,” Seculert Chief Technology Officer Aviv Raff said via telephone from the company’s headquarters in Israel.
The decision to keep the operation running implies that Mahdi’s operators were not