Kaspersky links Flame, Stuxnet virus

2012-06-12 07:27
Flame virus uncovered by Kaspersky Labs. (Kaspersky, AFP)

Flame virus uncovered by Kaspersky Labs. (Kaspersky, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

San Francisco - The researchers who discovered the Flame spy virus said that they had identified key components that it had in common with the earlier Stuxnet virus.

The finding increased suspicions that the same organisation was responsible for both the viruses, and came amid speculation that Israel, the US, or both had disseminated the cyber weapons.

Stuxnet targeted industrial control systems made by Siemens and appeared to be focused on disrupting nuclear centrifuges used by Iran to enrich uranium. It was first detected in June 2010.

Flame was detected in May by online security firm Kaspersky, and appeared to be capable of retrieving all data from an infected machine and even turning on its microphone to allow the virus controller to eavesdrop on users. It was said to be prevalent in the Middle East.

Kaspersky initially surmised that the two viruses were unrelated but closer inspection revealed that such a conclusion was incorrect, the lab's researchers said in a blog posting on Monday.

Both programs contained a code module that appeared to originate from the same source code and were likely written by the same programmer, Kaspersky said.

"We're very confident that the Flame team shared some of their source code with the Stuxnet group," Roel Schouwenberg, a senior researcher with the Moscow-based lab, said.

"It's conclusive proof that the two worked together, at least once."

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    kaspersky lab  |  cybercrime

linking and moving

2015-04-22 07:36

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Boks won't be tired, assures Louw
Mumm wary of depleted Welsh
Lack of experience costs England dear
Jean rejoins Springbok camp
Traffic Alerts

Relationships and significant connections may play an important role in your day today. Let the warmth of the Leo moon inspire you...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.