Kaspersky Labs Uncovers Most Sophisticated Cyber Weapon Ever

Kaspersky Labs Uncovers Most Sophisticated Cyber Weapon Ever

Although we’ve been told anecdotally by industry pros that the cyber security field is actually kind of boring, it sure sounds like a lot of heart-pounding adventure. According to a blog post from Kaspersky Labs, there’s a new cyber weapon tearing through the Middle East called “Flame”. The post states:
The ‘Flame’ cyber espionage worm came to the attention of our experts at Kaspersky Lab after the UN’s International Telecommunication Union came to us for help in finding an unknown piece of malware which was deleting sensitive information across the Middle East. While searching for that code – nicknamed Wiper – we discovered a new malware codenamed Worm.Win32.Flame.

Flame can easily be described as one of the most complex threats ever discovered. It’s big and incredibly sophisticated. It pretty much redefines the notion of cyberwar and cyberespionage.
All you need is the soundtrack to 24, Jack Bauer shouting “There’s no time!” every couple of minutes, and you have a gripping film.



It’s unclear at this point how exactly Flame gains a point of entry--Kaspersky thinks it’s probably targeted attacks--but they do know that the cyber weapon is a Trojan with worm-like features. It can replicate itself within local networks and on removable media. Flame’s operators can see just about anything and everything on an infected machine, from keystrokes to screenshots to network traffic sniffing.

Part of the reason that Flame is that it’s really large (20MB), hiding in plain sight as it were, as opposed to most malware, which is compactly written so as to be inconspicuous. One terrifying feature of Flame is that it can record audio through a device’s internal microphone.

Kaspersky believes that Flame was originated by a nation state, as opposed to a hacktivist or cybercriminal group. Flame doesn’t appear to be targeting any particular industry or organization, although there are multiple variations of the malware in the wild already.

In an update to the post, Kaspersky said that Flame is the same malware as “SkyWiper”, discovered by CrySys Lab, and “Flamer”, which was found by the Iran Maher CERT group.
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Wow, i would think they are right that it was created by a nation to spy on others... Kinda scary knowing they are listening in on you.

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There has not been a major worm outbreak in quite a while. So if this gets widespread distribution we may have a huge problem on our hands. Hopefully they get a fix and detection for it shortly.

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I did read this right now. Thanks for let me know about that issues. I hope they will stopped it before happens. I will watch out for that. My PC is full portect with AVG and firewalled in Windows 7 Pro. I'm glad that someone did post about that quickly to warn to other fellows on HH or other club to know about it

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