US creates Flame computer virus to attack Iran

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U.S., Israel developed Flame computer virus to slow Iranian nuclear efforts, officials say

By Ellen Nakashima, Greg Miller and Julie Tate, Published: June 19


The United States and Israel jointly developed a sophisticated computer virus nicknamed Flame that collected intelligence in preparation for cyber-sabotage aimed at slowing Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon, according to Western officials with knowledge of the effort.
The massive piece of malware secretly mapped and monitored Iran’s computer networks, sending back a steady stream of intelligence to prepare for a cyber*warfare campaign, according to the officials.


The effort, involving the National Security Agency, the CIA and Israel’s military, has included the use of destructive software such as the Stuxnet virus to cause malfunctions in Iran’s nuclear-enrichment equipment.
The emerging details about Flame provide new clues to what is thought to be the first sustained campaign of cyber-sabotage against an adversary of the United States.
“This is about preparing the battlefield for another type of covert action,” said one former high-ranking U.S. intelligence official, who added that Flame and Stuxnet were elements of a broader assault that continues today. “Cyber-collection against the Iranian program is way further down the road than this.”

Flame came to light last month after Iran detected a series of cyberattacks on its oil industry. The disruption was directed by Israel in a unilateral operation that apparently caught its American partners off guard, according to several U.S. and Western officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
There has been speculation that Washington had a role in developing Flame, but the collaboration on the virus between the United States and Israel has not been previously confirmed. Commercial security researchers reported last week that Flame contained some of the same code as Stuxnet. Experts described the overlap as DNA-like evidence that the two sets of malware were parallel projects run by the same entity.

Spokesmen for the CIA, the NSA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, as well as the Israeli Embassy in Washington, declined to comment.
The virus is among the most sophisticated and subversive pieces of malware to be exposed to date.

Experts said the program was designed to replicate across even highly secure networks, then control everyday computer functions to send secrets back to its creators. The code could activate computer microphones and cameras, log keyboard strokes, take screen shots, extract geo*location data from images, and send and receive commands and data through Bluetooth wireless technology.
Flame was designed to do all this while masquerading as a routine Microsoft software update; it evaded detection for several years by using a sophisticated program to crack an encryption algorithm.

“This is not something that most security researchers have the skills or resources to do,” said Tom Parker, chief technology officer for FusionX, a security firm that specializes in simulating state-sponsored cyberattacks. He said he does not know who was behind the virus. “You’d expect that of only the most advanced cryptomathematicians, such as those working at NSA.”
For years Obama and his cronies have been saying the next 9/11 would be a cyber attack and we need to take away liberties and start wars to protect us from this cyber war and now they are the ones starting it. Iran could take this, reverse engineer it and send it back our way and then our rights will get blamed for it and possible give them an excuse to attack Iran.
 
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Nice to see Steve C is working.... Yeeeeeesssss

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Huh. Every now and again my blue light on my webcam will light up, blink a few times, then go dark. I assumed this was due to accessing sites that triggered flash content that has the potential to use webcams, but now? Hmmmm.
 

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Huh. Every now and again my blue light on my webcam will light up, blink a few times, then go dark. I assumed this was due to accessing sites that triggered flash content that has the potential to use webcams, but now? Hmmmm.
Thanks to the patriot act, government agencies can tap into cell phone mics and cameras without a warrant... like Batman.
 

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Kirk is too dumb to realize that England, Australia, and our country have been sending viruses to them for the last 5 or 6 years.
 

KRSOne

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Kirk is too dumb to realize that England, Australia, and our country have been sending viruses to them for the last 5 or 6 years.
Iran should just unplug the damn thing so they stop getting these viruses.
 

Norm Stansfield

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Iran could take this, reverse engineer it and send it back our way
No, they couldn't. Reverse engineering someone else's software from binaries is several magnitudes harder than just making it from scratch.

Reverse engineering something this complex is virtually impossible. Even for someone competent, which the Iranian government have consistently proven not to be.
 

mikeybot

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You don't say....


Seriously, is there anyone that was surprised by the admission that the US and Israel had an involvement in this?
Though fuck the administration for actually admitting it.
 

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Well I had a good point, but why bother... you know how it is.
 

mikeybot

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Oh. I've purposely been keeping myself out of the Kirk threads lately and put him on ignore a few weeks ago after nearly punching my screen.
Please continue.
 

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yea this article is so wrong it's not even funny. I'm not saying I know how all of this works but I've done enough research on this and There are a only a small amount of people who actually understand how this works. It is by far much more complicated and impressive then what this article even attempts to mention what this does, but I get taking webcam pic is about as what I would come to expect the news to understand about anything that is probably one of the most complex and impressive viruses ever to to date.