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Flame malware developed by US, Israel to slow Iranian nuclear efforts

Flame malware developed by US, Israel to slow Iranian nuclear efforts

It turns out that the massive Flame malware attack last month was a sophisticated computer virus developed by the US and Israel in an effort to sabotage Iran's nuclear program. Citing unnamed Western officials with knowledge of the effort, the Washington Post reported that the attack involved the National Security Agency, the CIA, and Israel's military as well as the use of the infamous Stuxnet virus.

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Microsoft releases certificate updater in response to Flame malware

Microsoft releases certificate updater in response to Flame malware

In response to the recent Flame malware attack, Microsoft has released a patch this week that introduces a digital certificate updater. The new feature automatically updates your Windows 7 or Windows Vista system to detect untrusted certificates. Known stolen or forged certificates are put on a "Disallowed Certificate Trust List," which is updated daily.

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We have a Flame malware fix claims Iranian government

We have a Flame malware fix claims Iranian government

Iran's government claims to have developed an anti-virus program that can detect and remove the Flame malware, promising to release the tool to any Iranian company or organization who requests it. Identified recently, though believed to have been in the wild and syphoning data from computers across the middle east since early 2010, Flame is suspected to be the cyber-espionage tool of a foreign government. Although the full complexity of the malware is yet to be explored, security researchers already believe it is significantly more complex than other recent infections such as Stuxnet.

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Flamer malware spied for over five years

Flamer malware spied for over five years

The Flamer malware was really more of a cyber espionage tool. Security researchers have been analyzing a pair of recently discovered command-and-control servers that controlled Flamer. The researchers have uncovered some interesting, and disturbing facts about Flamer from those servers.

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Gauss malware eats banking details: Flame just got hotter

Gauss malware eats banking details: Flame just got hotter

A new "cyber-espionage" toolkit that can track browser passwords, online banking credentials, cookies and other personal data has been identified in the wild, security researchers have announced. "Gauss" has until now been targeting users in the Middle-East, Kapersky Lab reports, exploiting previously-unseen loopholes and capable of stealing data from banks including Citibank, PayPal and Bank of Beirut. Somewhat bizarrely - and still unexplained - it also installs a special font on the victim's machine.

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Batchwiper malware wipes disk partitions on Iranian computers

Batchwiper malware wipes disk partitions on Iranian computers

Iranian computer systems have been hit with another bout of damage, this time from the malware Batchwiper, which, as its name suggests, infects a computer and promptly proceeds to wipe its disk partitions and user profile directories. The attack is said to be simplistic and is designed to only wipe data on specific dates, with the next one being January 21. Thus far, how the malware is spreading to machines is unknown.

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Flame named a cryptographic marvel; Infected PCs commit suicide

Flame named a cryptographic marvel; Infected PCs commit suicide

Uber-malware Flame is the most complex tool for cyber espionage discovered in the wild to-date, expert cryptographers have said, the first example of an MD5 collision attack being used in earnest. "Flame uses a yet unknown MD5 chosen-prefix collision attack" renowned experts Marc Stevens and B.M.M. de Weger announced in a security discussion group this week, having been forced to create a custom tool specifically in the hope of digging through the malware's secrets. Meanwhile, Symantec spotted what appeared to be a desperate suicide instruction sent out to a number of compromised computers.

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Microsoft fixes Windows flaw exploited by Flame

Microsoft fixes Windows flaw exploited by Flame

Microsoft has issued a security warning and an emergency update over the weekend that fixes a serious flaw in Windows that was exploited by the Flame malware attack last month. Flame was massive and sophisticated but luckily a targeted attack. However, the same method could be exploited in a less sophisticated implementation for a more widespread attack.

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Iranian oil industry battled complex Flame virus last month

Iranian oil industry battled complex Flame virus last month

The Iranian oil industry reported that last month computer technicians battled a complicated computer virus. According to Iranian officials, the virus launched a data siphoning attack on key oil industry networks. To fight the complicated virus officials cut Internet links between the Iranian Oil Ministry, oil rigs, and the hub for the country's crude oil exports.

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Flame cyber-espionage discovered in vast infection net

Flame cyber-espionage discovered in vast infection net

A new and fast spreading malware tipped to already dwarf the notorious Stuxnet has been identified, codenamed Flame and believed to be state-run cyberespionage affecting PCs in Iran and nearby countries. Spotted by Kaspersky Lab, "Worm.Win32.Flame" blends features from backdoor, trojan and worm malware, and once surreptitiously loaded onto a target machine can monitor network traffic, local use, grab screenshots and record audio, sending all that data back to its home servers. Believed to be active from at least March 2010, Flame is tipped to be 20x more prevalent than Stuxnet.

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