June 20th, 2012
06:01 PM ET

Doing battle in cyber

It's the largest, most extensive cyber espionage tool to date.

Researchers say the computer virus dubbed Flame stole secrets on Iran's nuclear program and it likely went on for years, discovered only after a cyberattack on Iran's oil infrastructure.

Now The Washington Post cites "western officials with knowledge of the effort" as saying Flame was jointly-developed between the United States and Israel.

Intelligence Correspondent Suzanne Kelly reports on U.S. strategy in going to battle in cyberspace.

Filed under: Cybersecurity • Flame • Intelligence • Iran • Malware • Security Brief • Stuxnet
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  1. Safitri

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    October 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  2. kareem

    Adamic natural language
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    June 26, 2012 at 9:13 am | Reply
  3. what a buch of...

    israel I the sixth happiest country on earth u.s. eleventh see where you country is at in happynes

    June 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  4. what a buch of...

    flame that is

    June 22, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  5. what a buch of...

    what a piece of–if your going to blame anyone blame yourself because your worthless–

    June 22, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
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    June 22, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
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    June 22, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  8. historian

    In the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Arab forces were overwhelming Israeli forces and Prime Minister Golda Meir authorized a nuclear alert and ordered 13 atomic bombs be readied for use by missilesand aircraft. The Israeli Ambassador warned President Nixon of “very serious conclusions" if the United States did not airlift of supplies. Nixon complied. This is seen as the first threat of the use of the Samson Option.

    June 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Reply
    • Loler

      I don't recall ever seeing that in history. Is this something you pulled out ur butt or you have a legitimate source? Yom Kippur War was won by Israel and they were pushed back for a while in the war and then... Israel rose up again... and won lol. Are you arabic?

      July 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Reply
      • Woongseon

        Happy birthday to your twins. We're cenatrebilg June Dairy Month here, ehich was kicked off Saturday by Cows on the Course–real cows outside the state capitol.

        October 10, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  9. computer science dude

    oooh, the code in the freeze frame video is python... woot

    June 21, 2012 at 5:46 am | Reply
    • Corey Hodges

      Looks to me like LUA.

      June 21, 2012 at 11:38 am | Reply
  10. George Patton

    It appears that the right-wing thugs in Washington are militarizing everything these days, including cyberspace. So nobobody should be too surprised at this. Meanwhile, our schools are closing, our roads and bridges fall into disrepair and our poor keep on getting ever poorer! As long as we keep on electing these right-wing fanatics into office, this nonsense will only continue!!!

    June 20, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  11. Thor


    Your friendly neighborhood state sponsor of terror, aparteid, murder, and political corruption.

    June 20, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
    • Reckless


      You hit it on the head!

      Good post

      June 20, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Reply
    • Thinker23

      Oh yes... Israelis simply ENJOY the terrorism, racism, mass murder and corruption in the surrounding Arab countries.

      June 21, 2012 at 11:54 am | Reply
      • Reckless

        Maybe, but the DO cause it...

        June 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
      • Thinker23

        "Maybe, but the DO cause it..."

        Hardly. Even if all Jews collectively committed suicide the Arabs would not become any more peaceful. They would continue killing Christians, Hindus, Russians, Africans, Europeans, Americans.. and each other.

        June 21, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
      • Thor

        Who cares about Arabs, the Jews are financial terrorists....idiot.

        June 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
      • Odin

        Thor... when your house gets blown up, you'll change ur tone lol

        July 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • Odin

      Also did you realize Israel is far better off than most other countries? Jew haters... are stupid.

      July 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Reply

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