Flame I'm Gonna Live Forever

Kaspersky Lab IS ON IT: Discovers Yet Another Computer Virus Aimed at the Middle East

Mr. Kaspersky not looking supervillain-like at all. (Photo: flickr.com/cebitaus

Eugene Kaspersky’s security researchers at Kaspersky Lab have sleuthed out a new “cyber-espionage weapon.” The Russian supervillain’s (or awesomely cool billionaire, depending on your point of view) labs say this weapon has nearly as cool a name as previously discovered cyber worms Flame and Duqu–“Gauss.” It also has a specific and potentially telling target: Lebanese lending institutions. Bloomberg tells us more: Read More

Flame I'm Gonna Live Forever

Cue the Conspiracy Theories: Parts of Flame Virus Are Nearly Identical to Stuxnet

It’s going to be even harder for President Obama to distance himself from Stuxnet now. As Reuters reports, Kaspersky Lab, a leading computer security firm in Moscow, has discovered that portions of code in the newer Flame virus are “nearly identical” to code in Stuxnet, the cyber weapon reportedly used by the United States and Israel to disrupt Iran’s nuclear initiatives.

This new discovery is likely to fuel theories from security experts that Stuxnet was part of an American-led cyber program “that is still active in the Middle East and perhaps other parts of the world,” says Reuters. Not the best way to win those hearts and minds! Read More

Mac Attack

Firm Still Worked Up About Apple’s ‘Really Vulnerable’ OS [Updated]

He doesn't feel so good. (Wikimedia Commons)

Here’s an interesting little news item: The firm that’s been on Apple’s back about the increasing threat of malware and other digital nasties to the Mac OS claims to have been “invited” to help the company improve its security. (No wonder they’ve been harping so hard on Mac vulnerabilities.)

Kaspersky Lab (which makes antivirus software) was all over the Mac Flashback botnet, tracking its rise and releasing the first removal tool, then treating the whole thing as an argument for, you guessed it, antivirus software. Now CTO Nikolai Grebenniko has dished to Computing, calling the Mac operating system “really vulnerable” and announcing that “and Apple recently invited us to improve its security. We’ve begun an analysis of its vulnerabilities, and the malware targeting it.”

He also predicts there’ll be iOS-targeted malware in “the next year or so.”  Read More