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Computer Experts Discover Flame and Stuxnet Related
June 112, 2012
If research conducted by Kaspersky Labs is correct, the Flame virus is related to a previous malware virus developed by Israel and the United States.
Alexander Gostev, an expert at Kaspersky Labs, said in an email that the Russian cyber security software company discovered a similarity between a subset of the code used in Flame and code used in the Stuxnet virus.
Stuxnet was developed collaboratively between Israel and the United States for the explicit purpose of disabling computer networks in Iran, although Israeli intelligence denies this, according to Mossad agents who say they created the malware and Obama is taking credit for unleashing it against Iran’s fledgling nuclear program as propaganda in his re-election bid.
According to author David E. Sanger, Obama decided to accelerate cyberattacks initiated during the Bush administration. Sanger says the project’s codename was Olympic Games and it began in 2006.
Flame is described as the most sophisticated malware to date. After it infecting a Microsoft Windows computer, it can record audio and keyboard activity, take screenshots and monitor network traffic. Flame can record Skype conversations and grab data via Bluetooth from nearby devices like cellphones.
Like Stuxnet, Flame was specifically deployed on computer systems in the Middle East. Kaspersky’s research reveals that “a huge majority of targets” were within Iran.
“Currently there are three known classes of players who develop malware and spyware: hacktivists, cybercriminals and nation states,” Kaspersky’s chief malware expert Vitaly Kamluk told the BBC in late May.
“Flame is not designed to steal money from bank accounts. It is also different from rather simple hack tools and malware used by the hacktivists. So by excluding cybercriminals and hacktivists, we come to conclusion that it most likely belongs to the third group… The geography of the targets and also the complexity of the threat leaves no doubt about it being a nation-state that sponsored the research that went into it.”
Over the last few years, the U.S. government has hyped an emerging cyber threat in near apocalyptic terms and the establishment media has echoed the supposed threat incessantly. The so-called defense industry – the military-industrial complex president Eisenhower warned about as he left office – has exploited the cyber threat and turned it into a multi-billion dollar industry.
Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and related defense and tech companies have vigorously lobbied the federal government about “growing cyberthreats to national security and corporate America, but they also make millions of dollars each year selling a variety of cybersecurity programs, tools and solutions to government and business,” Politico reported on May 30.
Israel and the United States – the CIA and Mossad – represent the vanguard of the emerging cyber security threat. Considering the history of government and its array of clandestine and self-serving false flag attacks, this reality is hardly surprising. It demonstrates that like al-Qaeda, the cyber threat is designed to create a crisis that can only be addressed by government and the military industrial complex.
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