The ´Flame´ Computer Virus Strikes Iran, ´Worse Than Stuxnet´ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 05/28/12)
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Iranian security experts report a virus far more dangerous than the
Stuxnet worm has struck the country´s computer systems.
Dubbed the “Flame,” the virus is one that has struck not only Iran,
however, but a number of other enemies of Israel as well.
The Kaspersky Internet security firm is calling the “Flame” data-
stealing virus the “most sophisticated cyber-weapon yet unleashed”
and hinted it may have been created by the makers of the Stuxnet worm.
Kaspersky called the virus a “cyber-espionage worm” designed to
collect and delete sensitive information, primarily in Middle Eastern
The “Flame” has struck at least 600 specific computer systems in
Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian
Authority, Kaspersky malware expert Vitaly Kamluk told the BBC. He
added that the virus has probably been operating discreetly for at
least two years.
"This virus is stronger than its predecessor,” he said. “It is one
that could only have been created by a state or other large entity.”
Problems in Iran´s computer systems are also continuing to surface in
connection with the 2010 “Stuxnet” virus. The malware successfully
disabled the computers that operated Iran´s uranium enrichment
facility. More than 16,000 of the Natanz facility´s centrifuges were
destroyed as a result of the cyber attack. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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