A new computer virus has recently been discovered which essentially protects itself from destruction by making the host computer totally unusable. If challenged, the virus, called Rombertik, deletes key files and causes the computer to constantly restart. Unchallenged, the virus will harvest log in details and other key, confidential information.
Rombertik will usually attach itself to a phishing message and will install itself if the message is opened. Popular host messages have been letters from Microsoft. Rombertik seems to be distinct from other malware in that it constantly reviews its status and, if it identifies attempts to remove it, will destroy the host computer. It differs therefore from most other malware which is characterized by a desire to remain hidden for long periods and avoid detection.