Skip to comments.New virus hints at state sponsored programmers
Posted on 05/28/2012 11:04:10 PM PDT by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass
The complexity of the latest 'Flame' virus bears the hallmarks of a program engineered by a state, a number of Israeli computer experts believe.
As details of Flame - the third major virus discovered to have an affinity to Iranian computer systems in recent years - filtered through the media, network security experts in Israel, requesting anonymity, studied the initial reports, and indicated that they believed small groups of hackers could not be behind the virus.
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The problem with these computer viruses, is that they go in all directions, and cannot be contained.
Looks like it’s working correctly.
Sort of like Islam.
It’s going to be only a matter of time before one of these Islamoterrorist state sponsored hacking houses is infiltrated and busted.
YNET NEWS.com: "'Flame virus aims to gather intelligence'" by Yoav Zitun (SNIPPET: "Flame can gather data files, remotely change settings on computers, turn on PC microphones to record conversations, take screen shots and log instant messaging chats. Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, one of the world's largest data protection companies, was the first to discover the new malware.") (Latest update: May 29, 2012, 10:11/Israel News) (Read More )
What’s so special about Jordan and Iraq on that map? Maybe Turkey too, but those too look kind of weird all surrounded like that
Actually, it's not hard for the writers to contain viruses like this in the targeted area. Think about it.
So you’re saying that a virus designed to target specific systems cannot be contained outside of those systems?
How widely are computers used in any of these countries?
If this is like the STUX NET virus the theory is that the virus was (initially) spread by a Siemens Technician servicing Programmable Logic Controllers with the virus loaded on a thumb drive.
This would isolate the virus to one or a few techs who service computers in that part of the world until the virus breaks out of these (generally) stand alone computers.
The other thing to note is that these viruses are written to attack industrial control systems of a particular type (Siemens) so the damage they will do is limited by their design.
The Stux Net virus was specifically written to cause the Uranium Enrichment centrifuges to over speed and destroy themselves.
In the old days we’d have a problem with a Moscow-based Lab having control of this kind of stuff. If Kaspersky wasn’t totally ethical they could take this virus - change a few lines of code (or more) - and switch targets... Not that they would do that...
How hard would it be to tweek that virus so it would go after American Uranium Enrichment centrifuges? The tough part of the code has already written...
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