Sunday, June 10, 2012

Kaspersky: This Is No Longer a Cyber ​​War But Cyber ​​Terrorism

Eugene Kaspersky, whose company managed to find a "Flame" virus that had attacked computers in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East, said on Wednesday only a global effort could stop a new era of "cyber terrorism."

"This is no longer a cyber war, but cyber terrorism and I am afraid it is only the beginning of a game. I am afraid it will be the end of the world as we know it," Kaspersky told reporters while attending a cyber security conference in Tel Aviv, Israel.
"I'm afraid, believe me," he said.

As previously known, it was discovered a computer virus called "Flame" which is claimed to have a high level of complexity and complexity. According to the Russian internet security company Kaspersky, this time the virus is more sophisticated than Stuxnet which attacks nuclear facilities in Iran.

Kaspersky's chief researcher, Roel Schouwenberg, said that this virus is a sophisticated spy device that functions to suck up all information in the target computer. Flame is able to turn on the audio system and make calls on Skype or other chat programs on the victim's computer.

This virus is also able to control the keyboard and take screen images. Not only that, Flame is claimed to be able to detect bluetooth around the computer, like handphone and laptop. If it's already connected, the Flame will suck information from the target cellphone.

"This virus is on a different level. Flame can be used to spy on what users are doing," Schouwenberg said.

According to Kaspersky data, this virus has spread in the Middle East. Among these are around 189 cases in Iran, 98 cases in the West Bank, 32 in Sudan and 30 in Syria. The Iranian government itself has taken anticipatory action in overcoming this attack.

In recent months US officials have opened up about the work of the United States and Israel on Stuxnet, which was created intentionally targeting Iran's Natanz nuclear enrichment facility.

The West suspects Iran is developing atomic weapons. Tehran denied the allegations and said they enriched uranium only for civilian use.

Security experts are still investigating viruses, which are believed to be intentionally released specifically to infect computers in Iran and throughout the Middle East.
Kaspersky suspects that there are several countries involved in creating the Flame. He said a number of countries including the United States, Britain, Israel, China, Russia and perhaps India, Japan and Romania were suspected of having the ability to develop the software. However, he did not say for sure who was behind it.

When asked whether Israel was part of the solution or part of the problem regarding cyber warfare, Kaspersky said, "Both."

MuslimDaily/The Truth Seeker Media

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