Flame Virus is Most Complex Threat Ever Discovered

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A highly sophisticated and malicious computer virus whose complexity exceeds all other known cyber menaces to date, has been discovered and is actively being used as a cyber weapon attacking entities in several countries.

The Flame malware is currently affecting countries in the Middle East such as Iran, Israel, Sudan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Vitaly Kamluk, Kaspersky's chief malware expert, told the BBC that more than 600 specific targets were hit, ranging from individuals, businesses, academic institutions and government systems.
Kamluk said the size and sophistication of Flame suggested it was not the work of independent cybercriminals, and more likely to be government-backed. "Currently there are three known classes of players who develop malware and spyware: hacktivists, cybercriminals and nation states."
"The geography of the targets and also the complexity of the threat leaves no doubt about it being a nation-state that sponsored the research that went into it," Kamluk added.
"Flame is not designed to steal money from bank accounts. It is also different from rather simple hack tools and malware used by the hacktivists. So by excluding cybercriminals and hacktivists, we come to conclusion that it most likely belongs to the third group."

Prof Alan Woodward, from the Department of Computing at the University of Surrey, told the BBC, the attack is very significant: "This is basically an industrial vacuum cleaner for sensitive information," he told the BBC.
Prof Woodward agreed with Eugene Kaspersky when describing the complexity of Flame in comparison to Stuxnet: "Whereas Stuxnet just had one purpose in life, Flame is a toolkit, so they can go after just about everything they can get their hands on."
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"Flame is not designed to steal money from bank accounts. It is also different from rather simple hack tools and malware used by the hacktivists. So by excluding cybercriminals and hacktivists, we come to conclusion that it most likely belongs to the third group."
The above is speculation with no proof....

It might be accurate, but until proven it is STILL only speculation.

Rick
 

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The above is speculation with no proof....

It might be accurate, but until proven it is STILL only speculation.

Rick
"The geography of the targets and also the complexity of the threat leaves no doubt about it being a nation-state that sponsored the research that went into it," Kamluk added.

So by excluding cybercriminals and hacktivists, we come to conclusion that it most likely belongs to the third group.
Yeah.. they're just guessing. But if correct, I wonder which one it could be.. Israel being smart and attacking itself just to cover it up... Or could it be China :rolleyes:
Anyhow lot's of extremely wealthy people on this planet, I don't think it necessary to be backed by a nation state.
Would be kinda funny if it turns out to be a 16 year old nerd in his parents basement :D
 

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The latest revelation into the Flame malware's capabilities is a stunner: The malicious code can trick PCs into accepting fake code via Windows Update. As a result, the malware can make itself circulate automatically, and--before it was spotted last week--would have infected almost any system it encountered, without being detected.

"Because fully patched Windows 7 machines were being infected over the network in a very suspicious manner," researchers suspected that Flame included the ability to exploit one or more unknown--or zero-day--vulnerabilities, said Alex Gostev, the chief malware researcher ...
 

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I think Microsoft was embarrassed by Flame... They rolled out a security update pretty quickly.
 

Seventh777

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I read about this ages ago, basically more crap to fuel the ongoing war against those dastardly Muslim terrorists :rolleyes:.
 
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