Sophisticated 'Flame' Computer Virus Shares Programming Roots with Angry Birds
Roel Schouwenberg, a senior security researcher with Kaspersky Labs, told Fox News that Flame is twenty times larger than previous cyberbombs, and immensely more powerful. So large, in fact, that it contains 250,000 lines of code and is like having a virtual army at your disposal. It's both fascinating and frightening that something like that could be built using gamer code.
What does Angry Birds and the one of the world's most volatile cyberweapons have in common? Both were built using the LUA programming language.
Once a system is infected, the Flame virus can fire up webcams, microphones, and tap into Bluetooth connections to infiltrate contacts, record conversations, and perform other underhanded tasks, Fox News says. It's unknown what person or organization is responsible for igniting Flame, but it probably comes from the same source as the Stuxnet virus, which was used to burrow into Iran's nuclear power plant.