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Sacre Bleu! US fingered for Flame attack on Élysée Palace

US-sponsored snoopers hacked into the computers of the Élysée Palace earlier this year ahead of the French presidential election and lifted top secret information, using what appears to be the notorious Flame malware, a French newspaper has alleged. The attack, which occurred in May a few days before the second round of the …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Nov 2012
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Mini-Me, stop humping the laser: Littler Flame cyber-spy tool found

Updated Kaspersky Lab has discovered a cut-down version of the infamous Flame cyber-espionage weapon. MiniFlame, like its big brother, is also an information-slurper well suited to cyber-spying. The malware, also known as SPE, was found by Kaspersky Lab’s experts in July 2012, and originally labelled as a Flame module. Two months of …
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2012
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Flame espionage weapon linked to MORE mystery malware

Forensic analysis of two command-and-control servers for the Flame espionage worm has revealed that the infamous malware has been around for longer than suspected - and has links to other mystery software nasties. Flame was built by a group of at least four developers as early as December 2006, according to freshly published …
John Leyden, 17 Sep 2012
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Huawei denies spying, calls for global security standards

Even as execs of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei prepare to testify before Congress over concerns that the company's networking equipment may pose a security threat to US infrastructure, the company issued a public statement claiming that it has never participated in cyber espionage or any other illegal act, and that it would …
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Security biz U-turns on Gauss, Flame joint cyberspy hub claim

Computer security biz FireEye has withdrawn claims that the Gauss and Flame super-viruses may be linked. This is after it emerged that what FireEye had thought was a shared command-and-control server, used to send instructions to PCs compromised by the malware, was actually a "sinkhole" maintained by rival researchers at …
John Leyden, 24 Aug 2012
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Can YOU crack the Gauss uber-virus encryption?

Antivirus experts have called on cryptographers and other clever bods for help after admitting they are no closer to figuring out the main purpose of the newly discovered Gauss supervirus. While it's known that the complex malware features many information-stealing capabilities, with a specific focus on capturing website …
John Leyden, 14 Aug 2012
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Middle Eastern Gauss malware could be state sponsored

Security firms are investigating what looks to be another piece of state-sponsored malware, which has been targeting banks in the Middle East and distributing an unknown payload. Dubbed Gauss by Kaspersky Labs, the malware first seemed to be a module of the highly sophisticated Flame virus but has now been recognized as a …
Iain Thomson, 10 Aug 2012
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Flame worm's makers fail to collect Epic 0wnage award

Black Hat Hackers and other delegates to Black Hat celebrated the best and worst of information security with the latest edition of the Pwnie Awards, the security geek equivalent of the Oscars. The award in the top "Epic 0wnage" category went to whoever's behind the Flame cyber-espionage spyware. It was their use of an MD5 collision …
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2012
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Iran: If the Madi cyber-strike was us it would've been another Stuxnet

Analysis Iranian state media has angrily rejected suggestions that the Madi cyber espionage campaign is anything to do with the Islamic Republic. Madi had claimed more than 800 victims located in Iran, Israel, Afghanistan and elsewhere, according to the results of an eight month investigation into the cyber-espionage tool by Kaspersky …
John Leyden, 20 Jul 2012
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New 'Madi' cyber-espionage campaign targets Iran AND Israel

Security researchers have discovered a new cyber-espionage campaign targeting victims in the Middle East. Kaspersky Lab and Seculert identified more than 800 victims located in Iran, Israel, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the course of monitoring control servers associated with cyber/espionage operation over the last eight …
John Leyden, 17 Jul 2012
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MS squashes 0day bug in July Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has patched an under-attack zero-day vulnerability in XML Core Services as part of the July edition of Patch Tuesday. The critical security update (MS12-043) addresses a security flaw that has made its way into the Blackhole Exploit toolkit since its discovery last month. A further two critical updates cover a …
John Leyden, 11 Jul 2012
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Iran: Our nuke facilities still under attack by US, Israelis 'and MI6'

The Iranian government has warned of yet another cyberattack against its nuclear facilities. Iranian state television reports that the discovery of the assault followed the breakdown on Tuesday of international talks related to Iran's controversial nuclear programme, which Western governments allege is aimed at manufacturing …
John Leyden, 22 Jun 2012
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Schneier spanks AV industry over Flame failures

Security guru Bruce Schneier has questioned some of the excuses coming from the antivirus industry as to why it is taking them so long to pick up advanced malware like Flame and Stuxnet. Schneier's scolding was inspired by a mea culpa published in Wired by F-Secure's top security man, Mikko Hypponen. He admitted that when …
Iain Thomson, 19 Jun 2012

Honeynet looks to trap USB malware

The Honeynet project has picked up research by a German student to trap malware designed to spread via USB keys. USB-distributed malware – like Stuxnet and its bloated cousin, Flame – presents problems for network-based security, since they don’t spread through the network. The Bonn University student, Sebastian Peoplau, has …
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Source code smoking gun links Stuxnet AND Flame

A direct link exists between the infamous uranium enrichment sabotage worm Stuxnet and the newly uncovered Flame mega-malware, researchers have claimed. Russian virus protection outfit Kaspersky Lab said in a blog post yesterday that although two separate teams worked on Stuxnet and Flame, the viruses' programmers "cooperated …
Team Register, 12 Jun 2012

Flame gets suicide command

The controllers of the Flame malware have apparently reacted to the publicity surrounding the attack by sending a self-destruct command. According to Symantec, some command-and-control machines have sent a command designed to wipe Flame from compromised computers. The command, which Symantec has dubbed “urgent suicide”, was …
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Microsoft 'hardens' Windows Update from Flame penetration

Microsoft has "hardened" its Windows Update system after researchers discovered the Flame virus can infect PCs by offering itself as an update masquerading as official Microsoft software. The sophisticated worm has been hurtling through computers in the Middle East and beyond for up to two years before being unearthed by …
Team Register, 7 Jun 2012
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Dead Apple titan Steve Jobs, a flippin' in his grave

QuotW This was the week in which Apple supremo Tim Cook managed to spin Steve Jobs' constant flip-flopping on new product ideas sound like a good thing. The D10 tech conference featured much reminiscing and idolising of the late Apple co-founder, including these words from Cook on how Jobs' about-turns were an "art": He would flip …

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