Flame: Massive cyber-attack discovered, researchers say
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 29/05/2012 19:04
A complex targeted cyber-attack that collected private data from countries such as Israel and Iran has been uncovered, researchers have said.
Russian security firm Kaspersky Labs told the BBC they believed the malware, known as Flame, had been operating since August 2010.
The company said it believed the attack was state-sponsored, but could not be sure of its exact origins.
Virus Infects Computers Across Middle East
A complex computer virus has been pilfering confidential information from computers in the Middle East for at least two years, according to a security report released on Monday.
The virus, called Flame, has been infecting computers in Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. It has been grabbing images of users' computer screens, recording their instant messaging chats, remotely turning on their microphones to record their audio conversations and monitoring their keystrokes and network traffic, according to a report by Kaspersky Labs, a Moscow-based security research firm.
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