Irish Computer Users are being targeted by one of the most sophisticated viruses of all time. That is the warning from Symantec, the company which manufactures Norton anti-virus software.

The Company says that the Regin bug has been around for at least the last six years and not just in Ireland but around the world.

Once this bug is installed on any computer, it can recover deleted files and folders, Steal passwords and can even capture screenshots from the computer.

Regin targets systems running Microsoft’s Windows operating system. Approximately 100 Regin infections have been detected so far.

A combined 52 percent of these are in Russia and Saudi Arabia, and the rest are spread throughout Mexico, Ireland, India, Afghanistan, Iran, Belgium, Austria and Pakistan.

Russian computer firm Kaspersky Labs provided more information on the Regin malware, saying they’ve been tracking it for two years

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