The world of malware has, over the last couple of decades, morphed to become not just a mechanism with which to subvert people’s computers and steal money, but also a way for corporations and sovereign states to conduct cyber espionage.

An example of malware being used for industrial cyber espionage emerged two months ago with a worm, which had previously been quite rare, breaking out suddenly in Peru and neighboring countries.

This worm, specific to the electronic drafting software AutoCAD, is called ACAD/Medre.A and is written in AutoLISP, the language that is used to script operations in AutoCAD. ACAD/Medre.A has a very devious agenda: It e-mails copies of the drawings the user opens to over 40 mail boxes hosted at two different Chinese ISPs.

Source: PCW