Flame virus

Flame virus

A very sophisticated cyber espionage virus targeting computers in the Middle East and discovered in 2012. A very large and complex virus that uses various methods to hide itself and spoof antivirus software, Flame was designed to grab local and network data, including Skype video sessions. Also called "Flamer" and "SkyWiper," unlike Stuxnet, which was targeted at industrial controllers, Flame is a general-purpose virus for Windows PCs that can be remotely commanded to perform myriad surveillance tasks. See Stuxnet.
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For example, the Flame virus attacks a company's infrastructure and steals the data.
Last year, Kaspersky, speaking at the conference, revealed the existence of the Flame virus, which infects infrastructure and mission-critical computer systems.
The United States has been accused by a French news magazine of using malware similar to the Flame virus to break into the computer network of France's presidential palace in the final weeks of Nicolas Sarkozy's presidency.
Nicolai Solling, director of Technology Services at help AG, shares insight on the Flame virus and LinkedIn leaks, and the implications for Internet users in the Middle East.
Some observers point out that the ITU hired a Russian security firm to investigate the Flame virus, which sparked concerns about the dangers in cyberspace and the need for better cybersecurity cooperation.
Early this year it was found that computers across the Middle East were also infected with the Flame virus, which mined data and broke codes with an expert level cryptography, stunning the hacking community.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- The Flame virus which is associated with a cyber warfare effort against Iran, developed in 2006, is considered to be linked to about three other malware programs, according to a new analysis.
The United Nations issued an urgent warning that the Flame Virus and copycat cyberweapons could be used to bring entire countries to a standstill.
GFI also hosted a free webinar which provided a detailed look at the Flame virus using data gathered from GFI's own GFI SandboxlM technology.
The discovery of the Flame virus, following the identification of Stuxnet and Duqu, underscores the theme we selected for this year s summit enhancing the security of critical infrastructure.
The Middle East which has over the last year seen a dramatic rise in malware attacks targeted at both private as well as government organisations recently fell victim to the much talked about Flame virus.
and Israel to try cyber attacks against Iran's nuclear infrastructure with tools such as the Stuxnet worm and the Flame virus.