Updated 22 May, 2013, 3:42 pm IST
Flame virus exploits Windows bug, Microsoft issues software fix
| by Naina Khedekar |
Flame virus has waged a cyber war against countries in the Middle East. Although it follows the recent cyber attacks by Stuxnet and Duqu, is said to be 20 times larger than Stuxnet. Microsoft has now issued a warning that a bug on Windows PCs allow them to be infected by Flame. The company has also released a software fix to fight the espionage.
The most recent reports reveal that the cyber threat Flame poses as a legitimate program built by Microsoft. The chief research scientist with security firm, Accuvant said that cyber weapons that bear the fake Microsoft code will either stop working or lose some of their camouflage. The Flame’s code includes a digital certificate. This certificate was falsely identified as Microsoft’s piece of software. The malicious creators of the virus may have obtained the certificate by manipulating a component of the Windows operating system, called terminal services licensing (TS licensing). This component has been crafted to authorize business customers to use advanced features of Windows.
Windows bug opens door for Flame virus....
Tags: Flame Virus , Kaspersky Lab , Kaspersky Antuvirus , Stuxnet virus , Malicious software , Cyber Crime , Data Theft , Cyber Weapon , Duqu Virus , Eugene Kaspersky , state sponsored attack , flame state sponsored , kaspersky labs
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