Newsletters
The Enterprise Security Supersite NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Network Security Viruses & Malware Hackers Security Solutions More Topics...
Barium Ferrite (BaFe):
Higher Capacity, Superior
Performance, Longer Archival Life

www.thefutureoftape.com
Network Security
Fiercely productive scanners
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Avoid Getting Burned by Flame Malware
Avoid Getting Burned by Flame Malware

By Jennifer LeClaire
May 31, 2012 10:32AM

Bookmark and Share
"Learning that Flame has been in use for two years, perhaps longer, underscores concerns that similarly complex malware could be directed against U.S. companies, institutions and government agencies," said security researcher Neil Roiter. He said organizations should not be lulled by the fact that Flame's targets were in the Mideast.
 


The incredibly sophisticated and dangerous Flame virus has already been responsible for impacting the oil industry and spying on Mideast computers. But what happens if it spreads even further, and who is to blame? Researchers are still looking for clues, but few are surprised by the outbreak.

Last week, McAfee -- which dubs itself as the world's largest dedicated security technology company -- released its first-quarter 2012 threats report, highlighting an increase in malware across all platforms. The report shows that, in the first quarter, PC malware reached its highest levels in four years, with a steep increase in malware targeting the Android platform. Mac malware was also on the rise, indicating that total malware could reach the 100 million mark within the year.

"In the first quarter of 2012, we have already detected 8 million new malware samples, showing that malware authors are continuing their unrelenting development of new malware," said Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs.

A U.S. Threat?

It appears that the Flame virus, which has been topping news reports for the past week, may have been used for espionage in the Middle East for years. Iran has disclosed that Flame infected computer systems controlling the flow of oil in that country, and it was forced to cut Internet links to its main oil export terminal to try to contain the virus.

The virus appears to be the work of a well-funded organization, possibly a national government. It is reportedly capable of logging keystrokes, taking screen shots, using a computer's audio system to listen into conversations or Skype calls, and even to tap into nearby Bluetooth-enabled cellphones.

We caught up with Neil Roiter, director of research at Corero, about Flame. He told us Flame is remarkably sophisticated and can be used against a variety of targets.

"Learning that Flame has been in use for two years, perhaps longer, underscores concerns that similarly complex malware could be directed against U.S. companies, institutions and government agencies," he said.

"Organizations should not be lulled by the fact that this particular malware has been used against selected targets -- primarily in the Middle East," Roiter said. Instead, they need to "increase vigilance in network monitoring and analysis to detect anomalous, surreptitious activity within their perimeters."

Keeping a Low Profile

We also asked Gunter Ollmann, Damballa's vice president of research, to discuss his insights regarding Flame. He cautions our readers against some of the jumps people are making related to where the threat is coming from. As he sees it, the actors behind this threat have successfully managed their targets and victims, keeping a low profile and not going for the masses or complex setups. (continued...)

1  |  2  |  Next Page >

 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Your Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems: the world's most advanced converged infrastructure are built on the Cisco Unified Computing System with Intel® Xeon® processors. Vblock™ Systems deliver extraordinary time to market, ROI and TCO, and flexibility to meet your continually changing demands with 5X faster deployment, 96% less downtime, and 1/2 the cost. Click here to learn more.


 Network Security
1.   Michaels: Nearly 3M Cards Breached
2.   Heartbleed Could Cost Millions
3.   Google Street View Unravels CAPTCHAs
4.   Teen Arrested for Heartbleed Hack
5.   IBM Adds Disaster Recovery to SoftLayer


advertisement
Michaels: Nearly 3M Cards Breached
But the hack has been contained.
Average Rating:
Heartbleed Could Cost Millions
But it could have been prevented.
Average Rating:
Don't Reset Passwords for Heartbleed?
Added caution needed to ensure security.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Michaels Says Nearly 3M Credit, Debit Cards Breached
Arts and crafts retail giant Michaels Stores has confirmed that a data breach at its POS terminals from May 2013 to Jan. 2014 may have exposed nearly 3 million customer credit and debit cards.
 
Heartbleed Could Cost Millions, Could Have Been Prevented
Early estimates of Heartbleed’s cost to enterprises are running in the millions. The reason: revoking all the SSL certificates the bug leaked will come at a very hefty price.
 
Google's Street View Software Unravels CAPTCHAs
The latest software Google uses for its Street View cars to read street numbers in images for Google Maps works so well that it also solves CAPTCHAs, those puzzles designed to defeat bots.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
Google Glass may find its first markets in verticals in which hands-free access to data is a boon. Medicine is among the most prominent of those, as seen in a number of Glass experiments under way.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Google Releases Chrome Remote Desktop App for Android
You're out on a sales call, and use your Android mobile device to grab a file you have back at the office on your desktop. That's a bit easier now with Google's Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android.
 
Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly set to launch a smartphone after years of development. Photos of the phone, which may feature a unique 3D interface, were leaked by tech pub BGR.
 
Zebra Tech Buys Motorola Enterprise for $3.45B
Weeks after Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility’s assets from Google for $2.91 billion, Zebra Technologies is throwing down $3.45 billion for Motorola’s Enterprise business in an all-cash deal.
 

Navigation
Enterprise Security Today
Home/Top News | Network Security | Viruses & Malware | Hackers | Security Solutions | Mobile Security | Disaster Recovery | Windows Security
Data Security | EST Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.