Quoted: ‘Flame’ cyber weapon is only the beginning

“It’s huge and overly complex, which makes me think it’s a first-generation data gathering tool. . . . We are going to find more of these things over time.”

— Neil Fisher, vice president for global security solutions at Unisys Corp., in a Reuters report on the sophisticated “Flame” virus recently discovered on computers around the Middle East, particularly Iran. Experts say the malware, apparently designed to steal data, has been in place for at least five years, and was likely a state-made cyberweapon made by the same unknown nation responsible for the Stuxnet virus, which attacked Iran’s nuclear program in 2009 and 2010. Wired first reported on the virus’ discovery, and one of its security sources described it as “one of the most complex threats ever discovered.” Experts say the use of such cyber weapons is likely to increase in the future as nations find new fronts to project power and undermine potential enemies. “The Flame malware looks to be another phase in this war, and it’s important to understand that such cyber weapons can easily be used against any country,” Eugene Kaspersky, CEO and co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, said in a statement.

 

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