US And Israel Developed Flame Malware To Attack Iranian Nuclear Program

Posted on Jun 20 2012 - 6:52am by Editorial Staff

We reported late last month that a cyber attack dubbed the “Flame” uncovered by Kaspersky Labs, being in operation since 2010, exceeded those of all other cyber menaces known to date. The Washington Post reports that the United States and Israel together created the Flame malware in order to attack Iran’s nuclear weapons program. The publication further reports that efforts involved the NSA, CIA and Israeli military and the malware was developed at least five years ago and at that time it was dubbed with the code-name “Olympic Games.”

Michael V. Hayden, a former NSA director and CIA director who left office in 2009 said: “It is far more difficult to penetrate a network, learn about it, reside on it forever and extract information from it without being detected than it is to go in and stomp around inside the network causing damage.”

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