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Cyberwar heats up in the Middle East

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    Two new malware campaigns have been spotted in the Middle East, according to reports released this week, one targeting energy companies and the other going after political targets in Israel and Lebanon.

    Oil, gas and helium

    Symantec researchers observed a brand-new information-gathering tool, Trojan.Laziok, this January and February, targeting primarily oil, gas and helium companies in the Middle East.

    The United Arab Emirates saw 25 percent of the infections, with other Middle East countries adding up to 30 percent more. Pakistan had 10 percent, and the U.S. and the U.K. had another 10 percent between them.

    According to Symantec senior security response manager Satnam Narang, the infection begins with a phishing email that contains an infected attachment -- typically, an Excel file.

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