The Unintended Consequences of Undeclared Cyberwar
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 21/06/2012 14:01
The latest mysterious cyber weapon detected in recent weeks is called Flame. It is being described by security researchers as "the most sophisticated cyber weapon yet unleashed."
It is a big package of software that apparently offers an attacker something like a Swiss Army knife, because it can do a lot of things that might be called for. It can monitor a computer's network traffic, including tracking which Web sites are visited, and log and copy email coming in and going out. It can turn on a computer's internal microphone and record conversations in the room and presumably send audio files of those recorded conversations to someone who will listen to them. Ditto with a machine's internal Web cam. It can record what characters are typed on the keyboard, thereby capturing sensitive information like passwords and other user credentials that can be used later. It can capture shots of what is being displayed on a computer's screen.