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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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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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North Korea ships malware infected games to South Korea

North Korea ships malware infected games to South Korea

A report has been published in the Korean publication called JoongAng Daily the claims Seoul's Metropolitan Police agency has foiled a cyber attack plot orchestrated by North Korea. South Korea alleges that the cyber attack plot was instituted by North Korea's Reconnaissance General Bureau when the Bureau shipped malware infected games to South Korean users.

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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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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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Fake Android app developer fined £50k

Fake Android app developer fined £50k

We’ve seen more and more reports of Android malware lately, often packaged into a fake version of a popular app. One of the more extreme examples involves the fake versions of Angry Birds and Cut The Rope, both posted to the Android Market and charging users for a non-functional app. The developer reaped in a significant amount of money, but has been fined and ordered to pay back part of what was wrongfully taken.

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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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Apple Flashback Removal tool hits Leopard

Apple Flashback Removal tool hits Leopard

The malicious software known as Flashback has been a burden on the Apple world for some weeks now, Apple this week sending out an official Flashback removal tool to those users working with the Apple OS X Leopard operating system. This fix comes in the form of a security update not unlike what we've seen for OS X Lion in weeks past as well, this version coming in under the name Leopard Security Update 2012-003. This package comes aside another download by the name of FlashBack Removal Security Update, both of these downloads available via your own software update page which can be accessed by hitting the Apple in the upper right-hand side of your screen and scrolling down to "Software Update."

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