The infamous Flame virus
can delete files from a computer and is likely the cause of a cyberattack against Iran in April, according to new findings.
Flame was originally identified for its ability to steal data and capture information from keystrokes, PC displays, and audio conversations.
But a new component of Flame uncovered by security firm Symantec gives its operators the power to delete important files from compromised computer systems, Symantec researcher Vikram Thakur revealed yesterday.
Such power means that the virus can disrupt critical software
and "completely disable operating systems," Reuters reported based on Thakur's findings.
"These guys have the capability to delete everything on the computer," Thakur said, according to Reuters. "This is not something that is theoretical. It is absolutely there."