Tuesday, May 29, 2012

New Computer Virus Larger Than Stuxnet Identified


Newly identified computer virus, used for spying, is 20 times size of Stuxnet
By Ellen Nakashima, Published: May 28 The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/newly-identified-computer-virus-used-for-spying-is-20-times-size-of-stuxnet/2012/05/28/gJQAWa3VxU_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines_Tue

"Researchers have identified a sophisticated new computer virus 20 times the size of Stuxnet, the malicious software that disabled centrifuges in an Iranian nuclear plant. But unlike Stuxnet, the new malware appears to be used solely for espionage.

Variously dubbed Flame, Skywiper and Flamer, the new virus is the largest and possibly most complex piece of malware ever discovered, which suggests it is state-sponsored, researchers said..."

Majia here: The researchers who identified the virus work for a Russian cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Labs and a Budapest University researcher.

The Russian researcher argues that this new virus was probably created by the same team that made Stuxnet. The size of the virus suggests it was state sponsored and Israel and the U.S. are implicated.

1 comment:

  1. One smart cookie Majia "The researchers who identified the virus work for a Russian cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Labs and a Budapest University researcher."

    Chances are they are the ones who also developed it...

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