According to a recent report published in The Washington Post, the sophisticated computer malware `Flame' - the virus designed to collect critical intelligence information from Iran - was developed jointly by the US and Israel.
Created with the objective of slowing down Iran's supposed attempts in the direction of nuclear weapon development, the virus called Worm. Win32. Flame - commonly known as Flame - was apparently built by the same nation-state which was behind the 2010 Stuxnet virus attack that targeted nuclear power plant in Iran. It is widely suspected that the Stuxnet virus was designed by Israeli intelligence.
Going by the information shared by Western officials aware of the Flame cyberattack attempts, the malware was designed for secretly mapping Iran's networks as well as monitoring the computers of Iranian officials. The virus reportedly sent back a steady stream of intelligence which was used for initiating an ongoing cyberwarfare campaign.
With one of the top-ranking Iranian military official sharing with the Associated Press the information that Flame malware has unprecedented data-snatching and snooping capabilities, it appears that the cyberwarfare campaign - which involved a collaboration of the National Security Agency, the CIA and Israeli military - pivoted around destructive software, like Stuxnet and Flame, for impeding Iran's nuke efforts.
Stating that "Whoever commissioned Stuxnet also commissioned Flame," Kaspersky Labs' senior security researcher Roel Schouwenberg told FoxNews. com: "Our current working theory is that flame and Stuxnet were parallel projects."
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