Media News - Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Security researchers Monday said that they have found a direct link between the notorious Stuxnet worm and the more-recently-discovered Flame espionage malware, indicating that the two teams cooperated and collaborated. The news ties Flame to the U.S. and Israeli governments, which reportedly designed and launched Stuxnet in an attempt to sabotage Iran's nuclear program. "We're very confident that the Flame team shared some of their source code with the Stuxnet group," Roel Schouwenberg, a senior researcher with Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, said in an online presentation early Monday about the company's findings. "It's conclusive proof that the two worked together, at least once." Stuxnet, a powerful cyberweapon that crippled parts of Iran's nuclear fuel enrichment effort, was first discovered in mid-2010, but researchers later traced its first variant, and first attack, to June 2009. Kaspersky said Monday that its analysis shows that Flame harks back to no later than the summer of 2008, perhaps earlier. (Computerworld)
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