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Powerful "Flame" cyber weapon found in Middle East


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#1 Union_Thug

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 08:53 PM

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47590214/ns/technology_and_science-security/

Security experts have discovered a new data-stealing virus dubbed "Flame" they say has lurked inside thousands of computers across the Middle East for as long as five years as part of a sophisticated cyber warfare campaign.

It is the most complex piece of malicious software discovered to date, said Kaspersky Lab security senior researcher Roel Schouwenberg, whose company discovered the virus. The results of the Lab's work were made available on Monday. Schouwenberg said he did not know who built Flame.

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Researchers at Kaspersky said they were only starting to understand how Flame works because it is so complex. The full significance will not be known until other cyber security firms obtain samples of Flame. The Lab's research shows the largest number of infected machines are in Iran, followed by the Israel/Palestine region, then Sudan and Syria.

The virus contains about 20 times as much code as Stuxnet, which attacked an Iranian uranium enrichment facility, causing centrifuges to fail. It has about 100 times as much code as a typical virus designed to steal financial information, Schouwenberg said.


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Posted 29 May 2012 - 01:51 PM

More gloom & doom:

Meet 'Flame,' The Massive Spy Malware Infiltrating Iranian Computers

Flame appears to have been operating in the wild as early as March 2010, though it remained undetected by antivirus companies.

"It's a very big chunk of code. Because of that, it's quite interesting that it stayed undetected for at least two years," Gostev said. He noted that there are clues that the malware may actually date back to as early as 2007, around the same time period when Stuxnet and DuQu are believed to have been created. Gostev says that because of its size and complexity, complete analysis of the code may take years

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The researchers say they don't know yet how an initial infection of Flame occurs on a machine before it starts spreading. The malware has the ability to infect a fully patched Windows 7 computer, which suggests that there may be a zero-day exploit in the code that the researchers have not yet found



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Posted 29 May 2012 - 09:57 PM

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Kaspersky Lab and ITU Research Reveals New Advanced Cyber Threat -
The latest piece of malicious software discovered to date. This version is from Kaspersky Labs -







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