Flame Attacked Iran
Several high-ranking Iranian officials have just confirmed a data-mining virus attack called Flame. Most probably it was one of the most destructive virus attacks on Iran since the glorious Stuxnet virus.
This virus is expected to be far more harmful than the 2010 Stuxnet previously blamed for destroying a couple of centrifuges engaged in Iran’s nuclear enrichment program. Comparing to Stuxnet, this new virus is especially designed not to do damage, but to gather information from different sources.
Kaspersky Lab pointed out that the complexity as well as functionality of this harmful program appeared to exceed other well-known cyber attacks in terms of complicity. The matter is that this virus features specific encryption hallmarks resembling previously discovered Israeli malware and nobody doubts that Israel is one of the world IT leaders.
Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu said that computer viruses also tend to endanger Israel. That’s why this Middle East country keeps on investing in this field to protect itself from such attacks.
Flame is supposed to mine data from PCs and then it’s distributed via USB sticks while the Internet is absent in this scheme. Therefore somebody could insert a USB into PC within a network. This virus is able to copy everything entered on a keyboard and it also monitors everything displayed on the screen. It’s also capable of grabbing passwords and even recording sounds if the victimized PC is connected to a microphone. Needless to say this spy software product easily scans disks for certain files and monitors Skype. Flame is controlled from a distance scanning selected computers.
Iran has all grounds to blame Flame for a huge recent data loss as it has been active for up to six months. Special measures to combat this threat have been already taken and now it’s up to international antivirus companies to take on it.
Unfortunately, the Flame virus attack is in its active phase now and its operator keeps on monitoring infected systems. The virus goes on grabbing information and targeting new victims to reach its unknown goals.
Now nobody doubts that it was just another Israeli attempt to weaken Iran.