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Summary: The world’s “largest cyberattack” has been uncovered. Business and universities — and governments — were the main target of the attack by the data-stealing malware.
Security researchers have discovered a new ‘data-vacuuming’ malware which has targeted a number of Middle Eastern countries including Israel and Iran.
Kaspersky said it believes “Flame” is larger than its apparent infamous counterparts Stuxnet and Duqu, and has been described as the “most complex threat” ever discovered.
Kaspersky’s Alexander Gostev said in an extensive questions and answers SecureList blog post that Flame ”redefines the notion of cyberwar and cyberespionage”.
Flame is an attack toolkit — rather than a ‘throwaway’ single-operating piece of malware — like Stuxnet and Duqu — which has the ability to relay back through the “eyes and ears” of a computer.