Stars virus attacks Iranian government systems

Iranian officials have reported a new malware attack on Government systems.

Gholamreza Jalali, the head of Iran's civil defence organisation, identified the virus as 'Stars' but seems less than keen to share any details of the attack with the security community.

Hot on the heels of Stuxnet, which reportedly attacked Irans nuclear enrichment programme a few months back, the Stars virus is being investigated by Iran's security experts and it has been suggested that the malware may have been disguised as a legitimate document in an attempt to work its way onto government PCs.

Graham Cluley from insecurity outfit Sophos said, "We can't tell you much about this Stars virus. As far as we know, we don't have a sample in our malware collection - and we would really need the Iranian authorities to share what they have seen with the anti-malware community, so we can delve a little deeper."

With more than 100,000 unique malware samples detected every day, it's nigh on impossible for security experts outside of Iran to tell whether the Stars virus is a new variant of an existing exploit or a new strain aimed specifically at the Iranian government.

In his statement Jalali blamed the US and Israel for the attack.