11 Jun '12, 5pm

Flame Ordered to Flame Out

There were a couple of interesting stories in ComputerWorld last week from the cyber guerrilla war front. According to this story , whoever is controlling the Flame virus has ordered it to self-destruct and erase all traces of itself to impede the forensic analysis of its code. ComputerWorld quotes the Symantec's security response team’s blog as saying a self-immolation or "suicide" module "locates every [Flame] file on disk, removes it, and subsequently overwrites the disk with random characters to prevent anyone from obtaining information about the infection. …This component contains a routine to generate random characters to use in the overwriting operation. It tries to leave no traces of the infection behind." It is obvious that the Flame authors are worried about not only possibly being found out (although the betting is that the virus is the work of the US and Israe ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/riskfactor/telecom/security/flam...

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