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U.S., Israel developed Flame computer virus to slow Iranian nuclear efforts, officials say

Posted By admin On June 20, 2012 @ 2:20 am In Featured Stories,Tile | Comments Disabled

Ellen Nakashima, Greg Miller and Julie Tate
Washington Post [1]
June 20, 2012

The United States and Israel jointly developed a sophisticated computer virus nicknamed Flame that collected intelligence in preparation for cyber-sabotage aimed at slowing Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon, according to Western officials with knowledge of the effort.

The massive piece of malware [2] secretly mapped and monitored Iran’s computer networks, sending back a steady stream of intelligence to prepare for a cyber­warfare campaign, according to the officials.

The effort, involving the National Security Agency, the CIA and Israel’s military, has included the use of destructive software such as the Stuxnet virus [3]to cause malfunctions in Iran’s nuclear-enrichment equipment.

The emerging details about Flame provide new clues to what is thought to be the first sustained campaign of cyber-sabotage against an adversary of the United States.

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[1] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-israel-developed-computer-virus-to-slow-iranian-nuclear-efforts-officials-say/2012/06/19/gJQA6xBPoV_print.html

[2] massive piece of malware: http://wapo.st/KXvi0N

[3] Stuxnet virus : http://wapo.st/JRFqx2

[4] Flame virus, most sophisticated malicious code ever seen, was developed by U.S. government: http://www.prisonplanet.com/flame-virus-most-sophisticated-malicious-code-ever-seen-was-developed-by-u-s-government.html

[5] Stuxnet x20: Massive cyber spy virus ‘Flame’ hits Iran, Israel: http://www.prisonplanet.com/stuxnet-x20-massive-cyber-spy-virus-flame-hits-iran-israel.html

[6] Was Flame super-virus created in the US? Cyber weapon threatening to cripple entire nations has ‘hallmarks of the NSA’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/was-flame-super-virus-created-in-the-us-cyber-weapon-threatening-to-cripple-entire-nations-has-hallmarks-of-the-nsa.html

[7] Iran: Israel behind Flame attack: http://www.prisonplanet.com/iran-israel-behind-flame-attack.html

[8] Computer Experts Discover Flame and Stuxnet Related: http://www.prisonplanet.com/computer-experts-discover-flame-and-stuxnet-related.html

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