Kaspersky Lab: Same Countries Behind Stuxnet And Flame Malware
By: Ken Rapoza, Forbes
Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab said that the latest
malware discovery, known as the Flame, is not only similar to the
Stuxnet worm that infiltrated Iranian nuclear power plants in 2010, it
was more than likely created by the same entities.
Stuxnet was revealed as a U.S. cyber security weapon by The New York Times
earlier this month. Cyber security firms have said that the U.S.
worked closely with Israel to develop the virus that ultimately shut
down Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities before network analysts there
were finally able to remove it from their computer systems.
On Monday, Kaspersky Lab chief analyst Alexander Gostev said that
they were wrong in their earlier assessment that Flame source code
patterns were based on what Russian researchers called the “Tilded”
platform, which Stuxnet came from. The conventional platform design for
Stuxnet was called ‘Tilded’ because the code’s authors were inclined to
use file names which often started with “~d”.