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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Flame: Most Advanced Computer Virus

A new computer virus that was mentioned most sophisticated found. The virus, dubbed the Flame was reportedly intended to attack Iran and several countries in the Middle East.

Tracked by anti-virus vendor Kaspersky, this otherwise very complicated virus, 20 times more powerful than other cyberwarfare programs that have been detected. Including Stuxnet, a virus that never make a scene for attacking Iran's nuclear facilities.

Therefore, this virus is almost certainly made ​​by the government of a country. Iran has repeatedly accused Western countries and Israel to make malicious programs to attack them. In addition to Stuxnet, other malicious programs that have hit Iran is Duqu.

Flame has advanced capabilities. Such as collecting confidential data, change the settings of your computer remotely, turn on a computer microphone to record conversations, take a screenshot and copy the conversation in instant messaging.

Kapsersky themselves asking for help to understand this virus. They say the virus code 20 times the size of most malicious software program. This virus actually been around since 5 years ago and infect a computer in Iran, Israel, Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

"If the Flame was not found for five years, the logical conclusion is that there are other ongoing operations that we do not know," said Roel Schouwenberg, senior security researcher Kaspersky.

Alan Woodward professor of computer science department of University of Surrey confirmed the complexity of virus Flame. These malicious programs can pick up information by copying typed on the keyboard and the sound of those around.

"The virus is not made by a teenager in her room. Virus is a large, complex and intended to steal data while remaining hidden for a long time," he quoted from the Telegraph, Tuesday (05/29/2012).

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