Iran in Flames{3}

by Abel R
Security has been a recurring topic in our class, therefore I think a great topic to talk about is the recent attacks of the  Flame virus. The Flame virus is spyware,at its core, it has the ability to log keystrokes,  capture screenshots, and record conversations using microphones built into computers (Socolovsky 2012). There is a lot of speculation that this was part of a cyber warfare attack since most of the attacks have been centered in Iraq, however no one has claimed responsibility. This virus is being compared to the 2010 Stuxnet virus, which is believed to have shut down uranium enrichment facilities in Iran. This new virus is much more sophisticated though, it is like a collage of existing malware techniques molded into one. To combat this, many companies like Kaspersky, Norton, BItdefender , and others have developed a detection kit and “wiper”. But, it is unlikely that the regular user has been infected as the Flame appears to have specified targets [Iran].

I really found this article interesting because it shows how vital security is and the means some people will go to attain sensitive information. In our class we often discuss this principle, anybody can be a target and we should all take the necessary measures to mitigate the risks associated to managing data.

Another important aspect of this virus which is not mentioned in the article but I found to be really interesting is that inside the virus it used MySQLite, a small version of MySQL, to collect data and organize it. It is amazing how smart this virus is and it is even more amazing how a virus is able to utilize databases.




Socolovsky, J. (2012, May 31). Flame virus looms in debate over regulation of internet. Retrieved from