New Version of Flame Virus Uncovered
A new Cyber – espionage tool linked to the flame virus has been infecting computers in Lebanon,Iran and elsewhere, security researchers said on this Monday.
Kaspersky Lab, which was credited with revealing the flame virus earlier this year , dubbed the new malware “mini flame”, and said it was “ a small and highly flexible malicious program designed to steal data and control infected systems during targeted cyber espionage operations.”
Russian- based Kaspersky said miniFlame “is based on the same architectural platform as flame.” Widely reported to be part of a US-Israeli effort to slow Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons drive. The smaller version “can function as its own independent cyber espionage program or as a component” inside flame and related malware.
Unlike Flame , which is designed for “massive spy operations”, MiniFlame is “ a high precision , surgical attack tool”, according to alexander gostev at kapersky lab. “Most likely it is a targeted cyber weapon used in what can be defined as the second wave of a cyber attack.”
Kaspersky lab data indicates the total number of infections worls wide is just 50 to 60, including computers in Lebanon,France,the The United States, Iran and Lithuania. MiniFlame operates “as a backdoor for data theft and direcrect access to infected systems.” Says Kaspersky.