Remember the Flame Virus - the most sophisticated and complex computer virus yet? Well the Washington Post is quoting a number of officials from America saying it was developed by the CIA, the National Security Agency (the NSA) and the Israeli military.
The FLAME virus existed for two whole years before it was identified by Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky. According to the company’s founder, it’s the ‘tip of the iceberg’ in terms of its ability to cause the maximum cyber attack upset. The malware was responsible for a recent attack on the Iran’s Oil Ministry as well as some of its oil export facilities. Apparently it didn’t cause the country much disruption but is more than sure to have gotten their backs up.
It’s not clear how much more co-operation between Israel and America on this cheeky piece of destructive software will last though because that Israel went ahead and sanctioned that last attack on Iran without telling the US government!
Written & Presented by Marverine Cole