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Windows 7: Powerful "Flame" cyber weapon found in Middle East


28 May 2012   #1

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Powerful "Flame" cyber weapon found in Middle East

Security experts have discovered a new data-stealing virus dubbed "Flame" they say has lurked inside thousands of computers across the Middle East for as long as five years as part of a sophisticated cyber warfare campaign.
It is the most complex piece of malicious software discovered to date, said Kaspersky Lab security senior researcher Roel Schouwenberg, whose company discovered the virus. The results of the Lab's work were made available on Monday.

Powerful "Flame" cyber weapon found in Middle East - Technology & science - Security - msnbc.com

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28 May 2012   #2
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Thanks, I was just going to post this as well. A different article by the same writer. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/powerf...135931201.html
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28 May 2012   #3

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29 May 2012   #4

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Meet ‘Flame,’ The Massive Spy Malware Infiltrating Iranian Computers

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The researchers say they don’t know yet how an initial infection of Flame occurs on a machine before it starts spreading. The malware has the ability to infect a fully patched Windows 7 computer, which suggests that there may be a zero-day exploit in the code that the researchers have not yet found.
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Flame appears to have been operating in the wild as early as March 2010, though it remained undetected by antivirus companies.

Source: Wired

edit - thanks for moving my post to this thread - I did a forum search but failed to find mention of the story.
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29 May 2012   #5

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...still on vacation, but with all the rain, I've had some reading time. Biggest point of this is; between Flame and Stuxnet both being, what, 5 years old...
You gotta wonder, what's been planted since?

Great reading.
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29 May 2012   #6

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UPDATED: Cyber Espionage Reaches New Levels with Flamer

Removal Tool in link

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Update 2: As we’re digging into Flamer.A, new details about the piece’s modus operandi surface. The team working on it have uncovered that several components use an internal list called NetworkTypeIdentifier. This list references high-profile web sites such as *.overture.* , *.gmail.*, *.hotmail.* , *.bbc.co.* , *.bbc.co.* that are probed in order to get information about the bandwidth capabilities of the connection. However, the list also references three Iranian websites (*.baztab.* , *.maktoob.* , *.gawab.*) , which confirms once again that Iran was one of the designated targets.

Closer inspection of the EUPHORIA module revealed that it controls the spreading mechanism via USB sticks. The USB spreading capabilities are re-enforced with a secondary component called AUTORUN_INFECTOR that is being used to exploit the operating system’s Autorun feature.
[fragment of the configuration file for the EUPHORIA module]
EUPHORIA.PayloadNamesList.1.data.PayloadName string Lss.ocx
EUPHORIA.PayloadNamesList.2.data.PayloadName string System32.dat
EUPHORIA.PayloadNamesList.3.data.PayloadName string NtVolume.dat
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Everything You Need to Know About Flamer.A – World’s Most Sophisticated Cyber-Weapon

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In 2010, the world stopped spinning for a moment, as evidence of a highly complex piece of malware hitting a nuclear research facility in Iran started to emerge. Two years later, the discovery of another e-threat shows that the team behind Stuxnet and Duqu had another offspring that was even more complex and persistent.
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30 May 2012   #7

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30 May 2012   #8
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30 May 2012   #9

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Computer virus briefly hits Iran's oil industry

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's key oil industry was briefly affected by the powerful computer virus known as "Flame" that has unprecedented data-snatching capabilities and can eavesdrop on computer users, a senior Iranian military official said Wednesday.

Computer virus briefly hits Iran's oil industry - Yahoo! News
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30 May 2012   #10

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Brilliant, such a dangerous weapon it sat on computers for 5+ years doing nothing, not even alerting anyone to it's potential existance. Flame? no, damp squibb.
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