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    Powerful 'Flame' cyber weapon found in Iran

    May 29, 2012

    Key facts about Flame:

    *One of the most sophisticated pieces of malicious software ever discovered, with about 20 times as much code as Stuxnet.

    *Can record sounds, access Bluetooth communications, capture screenshots and log internet messaging conversations.

    *Built with some 20 modules, researchers still do not understand the full purpose of most of them.



    Powerful 'Flame' cyber weapon found in Iran - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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    Re: Powerful 'Flame' cyber weapon found in Iran

    ^^^

    Thanks Mya

    I found this to be a fascinating espionage tool which deletes itself so the target would never know they were infected. This is more powerful than any conventional warfare, in a prophylactic fashion, as it goes behind the scene of the target and conveys the level or sophistication and armament the target has in addition to other valuable information.

    "[Flame] was much more sophisticated and not simply trying to infect every machine." He said the malware was also able to find out information about other devices around it. By using Bluetooth it could scan for other devices, such as mobile phones or laptops.

    While the finger of suspicion for Stuxnet was pointed at a number of suspects, including both U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies, Mr. Kamluk said there was no evidence to suggest who might be responsible for Flame, and it was pure speculation to attribute blame. "A lot of the text strings we have been able to extract are written in very good English," he said. "But that does not tell us very much."
    Super Malware Targets Middle East Computers - WSJ.com

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    Re: Powerful 'Flame' cyber weapon found in Iran

    I hope we do have cyber weapons like flame...they maybe the most necessary for the USAs defense one day, if not now.

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    Re: Powerful 'Flame' cyber weapon found in Iran

    Its power is totally unprecedented and Flame malware may have been "lurking inside thousands of computers across the Middle East for between five and eight years".

    Also - "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."

    Wow!

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    Re: Powerful 'Flame' cyber weapon found in Iran

    I would argue that it is 'now'. As the world integrates and everything is digitized and then networked, this is warfare of the future. It doesn't matter if the enemy has an excellent IAD's network if you can broadcast a signal that causes every piece of hardware to fry itself.

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    Re: Powerful 'Flame' cyber weapon found in Iran

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    I would argue that it is 'now'. As the world integrates and everything is digitized and then networked, this is warfare of the future. It doesn't matter if the enemy has an excellent IAD's network if you can broadcast a signal that causes every piece of hardware to fry itself.
    I believe your right...they had better be on it right now today...

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    Re: Powerful 'Flame' cyber weapon found in Iran

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    ......As the world integrates and everything is digitized and then networked, this is warfare of the future........

    That's for sure!

    but...

    it's all happening now! like it or not!

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    Re: Powerful 'Flame' cyber weapon found in Iran

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    I would argue that it is 'now'. As the world integrates and everything is digitized and then networked, this is warfare of the future. It doesn't matter if the enemy has an excellent IAD's network if you can broadcast a signal that causes every piece of hardware to fry itself.
    This is warfare of today. "Although the virus has just been detected, there was evidence that it may have been in operation for at least two years."


    Super Malware Targets Middle East Computers - WSJ.com
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    Re: Powerful 'Flame' cyber weapon found in Iran

    This is a good argument for why personal info should remain on paper and not be digitized, and why biometric data is not going to solve the problems we have.

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    Re: Powerful 'Flame' cyber weapon found in Iran

    Quote Originally Posted by Mya
    *One of the most sophisticated pieces of malicious software ever discovered, with about 20 times as much code as Stuxnet.
    LOL because length of code means anything at all.

    Sorry, I just find these type of articles written by non-tech people hilarious. Maybe Wired will do an article on this.
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