New Version of Flame Virus Uncovered

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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.

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