Report: U.S., Israel Developed Flame Together (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 06/20/12)
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The United States and Israel jointly developed the sophisticated
Flame computer virus that collected critical intelligence in
preparation for cyber-sabotage attacks aimed at slowing Iranís
ability to develop a nuclear weapon, The Washington Post reported on
The report was based on conversations with Western officials with
knowledge of the effort.
The officials told The Washington Post that Flame was designed to
secretly map Iranís computer networks and monitor the computers of
Iranian officials, sending back a steady stream of intelligence used
to enable an ongoing cyberwarfare campaign.
The effort, which involved the National Security Agency, the CIA and
Israelís military, has included the use of destructive software such
as the Stuxnet virus to cause malfunctions in Iranís nuclear
enrichment equipment, the report said.
Flame, one of the most sophisticated and subversive pieces of malware
exposed to date, was designed to replicate across even highly secure
networks, then control everyday computer functions to send a flow of
secrets back to its creators, experts told The Washington Post.
The code could activate computer microphones and cameras, log
keyboard strokes, take computer screen shots, extract geolocation
data from images and send and receive commands and data through
Bluetooth wireless technology. It was designed to do all this while
masquerading as a routine Microsoft software update, the report noted.
Iran admitted that its oil industry was briefly affected by Flame,
but claimed that Iranian experts had detected and defeated the virus.
Last week, security researchers said that they have found a direct
link between the Stuxnet worm and Flame, indicating that the two
teams cooperated and collaborated.
After Flame was discovered, U.S. computer security researchers said
that it had gotten orders to vanish, leaving no trace.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/20/12)
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