DHS issues warning about Flame malware in the US

Despite suspicions that the US itself could be behind the Flame malware that's been spreading across the Middle East, the Department of Homeland Security is warning American businesses to exercise caution when it comes to the sophisticated virus. Warnings aside, they're also quick to assure everyone that no infections from the virus have been discovered in the US so far.

The warning describes the virus as a sophisticated espionage tool that can eavesdrop on data traffic, take screenshots, and even record audio and keystrokes – in fact, the UN's International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has called it the most dangerous digital espionage tool ever. The DHS is quick to assure us that Flame's origin is still a mystery to them.

A report published by the New York Times, where an anonymous source claims that the earlier, and eerily similar, Stuxnet attack was ordered directly by President Barack Obama, isn't doing too much to inspire confidence when it comes to governmental involvement in the Flame virus. Of course, it's still possible. What do we know?

Still, Symantic compares the use of Flame to using an atomic bomb to crack a nut, and there's a serious threat of collateral damage. We might not ever know who was responsible or why it was created, but whatever the case, they must have felt the threat they were targeting was pretty serious. In the meantime, we really suggest you check out the New York Times' history of the Middle Eastern cyberattacks. It's a pretty good read.

Sources: MSNBC | The Telegraph | The New York Times

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Hello,

I will have to double check on Monday, but I am pretty sure the Win32/Flamer.A malware was detected on US computers last week.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

goretsky said,
Hello,

I will have to double check on Monday, but I am pretty sure the Win32/Flamer.A malware was detected on US computers last week.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

eh? but you posted this on Monday!

I got a solution to the problem. Stop conducting secret cyber wars without oversight and maybe, just maybe, we wouldn't have flame or stuxnet to worry about.

Problem is Flame it self ??

No i dont think so, rather just like security professionalism, virus and malware coders too are learning from Flame by decoding it and the method what Flame was made with is a dawn of new era for security companies..

Once the Flame legacy is carried into mainstream attacks, then it can really be a thread hard to deal with..

Microsoft developed it to nuke all the software pirates in the middle east, /sarcasm

On a serious note though, when I was roaming around the middle east, every Bazzar I went to from Qatar to Kuwait to Iraq, was loaded with pirated movies and software.

Gerowen said,
Microsoft developed it to nuke all the software pirates in the middle east, /sarcasm

On a serious note though, when I was roaming around the middle east, every Bazzar I went to from Qatar to Kuwait to Iraq, was loaded with pirated movies and software.

Looks like someone haven't been to China.

"the most dangerous digital espionage tool ever"

LOL, what way to spread fear, I mean no one has every heard of malicious keyloggers and r.a.t's have they, all of which can do the the above easily and have done for many many years

Toysoldier said,
LOL, what way to spread fear,

Indeed. DHS must be up for budget appropriations meetings...

DHS is the biggest waste of taxpayer money since the Iraq war. It's just a 50 state jobs program that's all for show.

excalpius said,

Indeed. DHS must be up for budget appropriations meetings...

DHS is the biggest waste of taxpayer money since the Iraq war. It's just a 50 state jobs program that's all for show.

So creating jobs is bad?

moloko said,

So creating jobs is bad?

Yeah it is when those jobs bring nothing to the table. How about the government create jobs where you just sit at home all day smoking and drinking while you 'monitor' your neighborhood. Oh wait - it's called welfare....

KCRic said,
Yeah it is when those jobs bring nothing to the table. How about the government create jobs where you just sit at home all day smoking and drinking while you 'monitor' your neighborhood. Oh wait - it's called welfare....

Welfare people rarely can put money back into the economy. People with jobs can. There is a difference. During the depression and afterwards the government created fluff jobs of just digging ditches and what not to get people working...getting paid and putting money back into the economy to stimulate it again.