Iran, has been struck yet again! Flame, flame, flame, is the word that’s spreading like wild fire. After Stuxnet and Duqu, its Flame now. All credit goes to the Kaspersky Lab for identifying the deadly ‘Flame’ virus. It is the third virus seen in the past three years. It is a data mining computer virus designed to steal information from computers across the Middle East. The first virus Duqu was used to copy the blueprints of Iran’s nuclear programme. The second virus Stuxnet attacked the industrial control system. The new virus Flame has been designed to steal information from computers even with the help of Bluetooth devices. This virus can steal computer chats, e-mails, screen images and can even turn on microphones. It can also steal information behind the asterix field that is; all the passwords will be visible.
Flame is comparatively a bigger virus than Stuxnet and Duqu. It has 20 times more code than the other and it has spread widely into the country. It is 20 megabytes in size and many computers have been affected by it till today. Researchers believe that this virus has been created to spy on Iran’s nuclear programme in 2012. It is also believed that all three viruses have been created by the same group of people almost on the same lines. It is very dangerous as it can spread even without connecting to an infected device. If the microphone of a computer is switched on it can even record conversations. All the voice chats and calls that take place over Skype, Google plus can all be recorded.
It appears that this is a state run virus to steal the most vital information about the nuclear programme. This virus was first identified in 2010 and now again. It appears to be the most influential virus, affecting computers in Iran and other surrounding countries. It is the most advanced form of virus seen in the world till date and would probably take time to study the virus completely. Flame shows that countries can not only go for the real kind of wars, but can also use cyber war strategies like these to collect information. It has been said that about 1000 computers have been affected by this virus till date and it’s still not known that how many more will get affected in the near future. Hence, we need to wait and watch how this Flame virus continues its path and how Kaspersky lab and other research labs will fight the Flame virus.