Cyber Security Experts Discover "Flame," The Newest, Best Way to Spy on a Country

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Iran’s nuclear program hit a setback in 2010 when a computer worm called “Stuxnet” struck uranium enrichment facilities in the country, and caused them to malfunction. At the time, many suggested that Israel, and maybe America, had designed the computer worm specifically to target Iran.

On The Takeaway last March, Richard Clarke, a counter-terrorism advisor to three presidents, said computer worms like Stuxnet were changing the face of international espionage. He explained that we're approaching the end of the James-Bond-era spy – and Bond is being replaced with lines of code that can take screenshots, delete documents, and even turn on a computer's microphone to record nearby conversations.

Now, a Moscow-based cyber security company has discovered a similar worm in the Middle East. This one, they say, is much more sophisticated than Stuxnet, and perhaps the most sophisticated malware ever of its kind. They’re calling it “Flame.” Roel Schouwenberg, a senior policy analyst for Kaspersky Labs, the company that discovered Flame, explains exactly what makes this worm so special. And Kim Zetter, a senior writer at Wired Magazine, discusses what this means for the future of espionage and security.


Roel Schouwenberg and Kim Zetter

Produced by:

John Light

Comments [1]

Vikrama Dhiman (@vikramadhiman) from Boston

I was a bit afraid once I completed the online course - It is almost so easy to see how easy it is to commit a perfect computer security breach - how easy it is to bring the connected electronic systems down in an interconnected world..

I think the way we would be able to beat this threat is to enable our kids to devise smart strategies to overcome this - its not too difficult - all crime can be prevented only by the mindset which creates that.

May. 30 2012 11:43 AM

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