Flame: Israel’s New Contribution to Middle East Cyberwar ~ by Richard Silverstein

Tikun Olam | Richard Silverstein | May 28, 2012

flame computer mapMap of known infections from Flame

The country that brought us Iranian nuclear assassinations, explosions at Iran missile bases, and Stuxnet, is at it again.  A computer virus called Flame, is spreading among computers in the Middle East. according to an article by an expert at Kapersky Labs:

…We’ve found what might be the most sophisticated cyber weapon yet unleashed. The ‘Flame’ cyber espionage worm came to the attention of our experts at Kaspersky Lab after the UN’s International Telecommunication Union came to us for help in finding an unknown piece of malware which was deleting sensitive information across the Middle East. While searching for that code – nicknamed Wiper – we discovered a new malware codenamed Worm.Win32.Flame.

Flame shares many characteristics with notorious cyber weapons Duqu and Stuxnet: while its features are different, the geography and careful targeting of attacks coupled with the usage of specific software vulnerabilities seems to put it alongside those familiar ‘super-weapons’ currently deployed in the Middle East by unknown perpetrators. Flame can easily be described as one of the most complex threats ever discovered. It’s big and incredibly sophisticated. It pretty much redefines the notion of cyberwar and cyberespionage.

…Flame is one of the most complex threats ever discovered.

Classical Zionism decrees that Israel should be a “light unto the nations.”  But Israeli cyberwarriors have taken the saying a bit too literally making Israel a “flame” unto the nations.  Such a contribution Israel is making to the advancement of western civilization.  It would make Herzl and Ahad HaAm proud….. Read the full article and updates at Tikun Olam

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