Trend Micro launches ME virus investigation study

Internet security and antivirus heavyweight Trend Micro has launched a study to monitor and examine the spread of viruses across the region.

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By  Andy Tillett Published  September 25, 2005

Internet security and antivirus heavyweight Trend Micro has launched a study to monitor and examine the spread of viruses across the region. The project, launched at Gitex, will analyse data and malware-infected e-mails supplied by a number of Trend Micro’s clients in the region with the aim of gaining a deeper understanding of how viruses are being developed locally. The research will run into 2006. Global interest in malware originating in the Middle East has intensified following the discovery of the Cager.a Trojan programme, which monitors computers and displays a quote from the Qu’ran when it detects access to online adult sites. Security experts strongly suspect that, given the location of the first infection sites and the language used within the program, the virus may have originated from either within the Arab world or Iran. “Judging by the rising number of virus infections in the area, it’s possible that we may see a growing number of locally-created viruses hitting the Middle East,” said Justin Doo, managing director, Trend Micro Middle East and Africa. The Cager.a Trojan program is a so-called ‘cultural virus’ and follows hot on the heels of a number of focused virus attacks on specific enterprises in the Middle East, with programmed malicious software looking to copy financial and personal data. “With the support of a number of local companies, we’re aiming to analyse how the malware phenomenon is developing, and hopefully gain a clearer idea about the nature of the Middle East virus industry,” adds Doo.

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