Flame raises the cyberwar stakes
May 30th, 2012
02:32 PM ET

Flame raises the cyberwar stakes

By CNNMoney's David Goldman

The "Flame" virus, the most complex computer bug ever discovered, has been lurking for years inside Iranian government computers, spying on the country's officials.

In a statement posted on its website on Monday, the Iranian National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) said it discovered Flame after "multiple investigations" over the past few months.

The Iranian CERT team said it believes there is a "close relation" between Flame two previous cyber attacks on Iran, known as the Stuxnet and Duqu computer worms.   Stuxnet is widely believed to have been launched by either the U.S. or Israel (or both countries).

This isn't traditional war. The Internet has leveled the playing field, allowing governments that would never launch military attacks on one another to target one another in cyberspace.

"In warfare, when a bomb goes off it detonates; in cyberwarfare, malware keeps going and gets proliferated," said Roger Cressey, senior vice president at security consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton, at a Bloomberg cybersecurity conference held in New York last month.

"Once a piece of malware is launched in wild, what happens to that code and its capability?" he added. "Things like Stuxnet are being reverse-engineered."

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  1. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2010/09/10/ghosts-in-the-machine/

    May 31, 2012 at 7:24 am | Reply
  2. Thinker23

    I would challenge ANYONE blaming Israel for the USS Liberty incident to explain the tremendous gains Israel got from it that could justify the tremendous risks it took by DELIBERATELY attacking the US military ship. Good luck!

    May 31, 2012 at 5:56 am | Reply
  3. Thinker23

    Indra... Apparently, you can not distinguish between the State of Israel and American Jews. It seems that you believe that ANY Jew is an Israeli. By the same token ANY African American is an African agent in the US. Now you may start counting the African American criminals and their crimes. This should keep you busy for some time...

    May 31, 2012 at 5:52 am | Reply
  4. madams12

    Young Wolf....I know exactly what you talk about....trouble is these blind mothers haven't got a clue because they've been so PROPAGANDIZED they genuflect to Israel without having a clue how barbaric the GOI is...because no US MSM regularly covers their hideous brutality....but that's no excuse, of course...you can read reports online daily ....but these folks are TRAITORS to the US and our Constitution. Ignorance is no excuse for these numbskulls ....and all they've got to offer is foul curses.

    May 30, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  5. Hahahahahahahahha

    The Towel Heads are safe. It doesn't run on pirated Windows 98. Hahahahahahahaha

    May 30, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  6. Ben

    Anything Israel uses to spy on Iran, you can bet, will be used to spy on the US. Israel has the largest and most sophisticated espionage network of anybody in the US.

    May 30, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      Then its a good thing we have nothing to fear from Israel. In fact, we can probably borrow their skills for the real cyber-war with Russia and China,

      May 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
      • Young Wolf

        Proboly not, Israel peddles stolen US intelligence.

        Refer to indras post, its accurate. Larry Franklin committed treason on behalf of Israel.

        May 30, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
      • rich

        Exactly Mr wolf.

        Israel had been caught stealing both US gov, and private business information.

        They are certainly not an ally.

        May 30, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
      • Cheese Wonton

        You are naive. For political and religious reasons, the Israeli military has access to most of this nation's best military technologies. They willingly trade these technologies with the Russians and especially the Chinese by repackaging these technologies into nominally "Israeli" made systems which they sell to the Chinese and the Russians. Aside from keeping their engineers gainfully employed and earning Israel a nice income, these sales are Israel's only way to curry favor with the Chinese and Russians, trying to convince them not to sell their best military hardware to Israel's Middle Eastern enemies. Israel trades in the only thing of value to China in particular, and that is US military technology, which saves China a great deal of time and money trying to catch up to the US.
        In addition, Israel has knowledge of US radars which they sell to the Chinese, allowing China to develop effective radar warning receivers and jammers they otherwise would not be able to make, absent the ability to gain an understanding of our radar's wave forms. Israeli engineers sold their skills to the Chinese on the J-10 fighter project, built a plant in China to build Israeli designed air to air missiles and transferred seeker tech to China for more advanced infrared missiles.
        Israel is no friend of the US.

        May 30, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
      • madams12

        clever Paul sez: " its a good thing we have nothing to fear from Israel. In fact, we can probably borrow their skills for the real cyber-war with Russia and China,"

        AU CONTRAIRE ......as we approach the 45th memorial of the day the Israeli air force and Navy attacked the unique Intel ship USS LIBERTY...the 2 hour daylight attack that nearly sank the Liberty in international waters...after they dumped Napalm on sunning sailors on deck....machine gunned the communication antenna and then sent in their navy to send Torpedos into its hull killing 34 and maiming 172 more including the Commander.. "It was a case of mistaken Identity...we thought it was a 1929 Egyptian mule hauler...ooops. the Israelis said. Then there were the million documents that Pollard stole and SOLD to Israel...and someone else mentioned Steve Rosen, and Larry Franklin who wore a wire to record the AIPAC employees who wanted to pass classified info to Israel. Israel ....if THIS is our "friend" with whom we are being BOUND by CONGRESS to again, go to war, to kill Iranians because they are trying to modernize...as Mubarak was planning in Egypt and as King Abdullah in Jordan was planning...because of Israel's desire to be the HEGEMON in the region....after TAKING highly enriched uranium from the NUMEC plant in Pennsylvania in the 50s/60s. Yah, sure we can trust them....they are deeply enmeshed in the US, state by state, in BONDS invested in pension funds...AFL CIO funds, commerce and trade....and your Congress....with such friends who needs enemies?

        May 30, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
  7. Young Wolf

    Wow, all those fuckers are Israeli citizens?

    May 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Reply
    • sawolf

      cu nt

      May 30, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Reply
  8. Indra

    ISRAEL HAS COMMITTED SEVERAL CRIMES AGAINST THE UNITED STATES AND IT'S PEOPLE!!

    This new virus is fitting, seeing how the nation it hails from is itself, a virus.
    Israel controls the US, as you would a puppet...

    Michael Mukasey Recently appointed as US Attorney General. Mukasey also was the judge in the litigation between developer Larry Silverstein and several insurance companies arising from the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001.

    Michael Chertoff Former Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, at the Justice Department; now head of Homeland Security.

    Richard Perle One of Bush's foreign policy advisors, he is the chairman of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board. A very likely Israeli government agent, Perle was expelled fromSenatorHenry Jackson's office in the 1970's after the National Security Agency (NSA) caught him passing Highly-Classified (National Security) documents to the Israeli Embassy. He later worked for the Israeli weapons firm, Soltam. Perle came from one the above mentionedpro-Israelthinktanks,the AEI.Perle is one ofthe leading pro-Israeli fanatics leading this Iraq war mongering within the administration and now in the media.

    Paul Wolfowitz Former Deputy Defense Secretary, and member of Perle's Defense Policy Board, in the Pentagon. Wolfowitz is a close associate of Perle, and reportedly has close ties to the Israeli military. His sister lives in Israel. Wolfowitz came from the above mentioned Jewish thinktank, JINSA. Wolfowitz was the number two leader within the administration behind this Iraq war mongering. He later was appointed head of the World Bank but resigned under pressure from World Bank members over a scandal involving his misuse of power.

    Lawrence (Larry) Franklin The former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst with expertise in Iranian policy issues who worked in the office of UndersecretaryofDefense for Policy Douglas Feithand reported directly to Feith's deputy, William Luti, was sentenced January 20, 2006, "to more than 12 years in prison for giving classified information to an Israeli diplomat" and members of the pro-Israel lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

    We are being played. Like a fiddle comrades.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
    • Young Wolf

      I just looked them up, many of these people you listed have actually been implicated in treason cases.

      Im starting to doubt the US Israel alliance.

      We need to expell these traitors.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Reply
      • sawolf

        Quiet cu nt.

        May 30, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • paul

      How about we expel paranoid conspiracy nuts instead?

      May 30, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Reply
      • Young Wolf

        THEY COMMIT TREASON YOU COCK GOBBLER!!

        Treason.

        Bitch.

        May 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • Piggystanis ...

      So what? You couldn't change any of it even if you wanted. Go back to the mosque...

      May 30, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
      • Young Wolf

        My mom is a Jew, and all of her family hates Israel.

        We turn the tv off when the family is over, because it embarasses them, that a criminal nation is calling itself Jewish.

        May 30, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • sawolf

      We?? Crawl back under your rock D bag, They don't fly airliners into buildings, murdering thousands, like the muslim dogs.

      May 30, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Reply
      • Young Wolf

        Yes they do murder people, you faggot retard bitch....

        May 30, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
      • sawolf

        So you're a self hating cu nt, like there aren't enough of those.

        May 30, 2012 at 9:37 pm |

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