Breaking News: New Ultra-Advanced Cyber Weapon found

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by asr, May 28, 2012.

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  1. asr

    asr Registered Member

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    The following is a statement from Kasperksy Labs, posted on FB
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    Kaspersky Lab and UTU Research has discovered a highly sophisticated malicious program that is actively being used as a cyber-weapon attacking entities in Iran, Israel, Sudan, Syria and other countries. The complexity and functionality of the newly discovered malicious program exceed those of all other cyber weapons known to date.
    The malicious program is designed to carry out cyber espionage - It can steal various types of information - computer display contents, information about targeted systems, stored files, contact data and even audio conversations. The diverse nature of the stolen information, which can include documents, screenshots, audio recordings and interception of network traffic, makes it one of the most advanced and complete attack-toolkits ever discovered. Malware was detected by Kaspersky Lab’s security products as Worm.Win32.Flame and became known as The Flame.
    Alexander Gostev, Chief Security Expert at Kaspersky Lab, commented: “The preliminary findings of the research, conducted upon an urgent request from ITU, confirm the highly targeted nature of this malicious program. One of the most alarming facts is that the Flame cyber-attack campaign is currently in its active phase, and its operator is consistently surveilling infected systems, collecting information and targeting new systems to accomplish its unknown goals.”
    Kaspersky Lab’s experts are currently conducting deeper analysis of Flame. Over the coming days a series of blog posts will reveal more details of the new threat as they become known. For now what is known is that it consists of multiple modules and is made up of several megabytes of executable code in total - making it around 20 times larger than Stuxnet, meaning that analyzing this cyber weapon requires a large team of top-tier security experts and reverse engineers with vast experience in the cyber defense field.
    Stay tuned for our updates on the topic
     
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    JRViejo Global Moderator

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    Topic already posted: [thread=325011]The Flame: Questions and Answers[/thread]. Thanks.
     
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