Internet security company Kaspersky Lab announced last Monday that it had uncovered a ‘cyber-espionage worm’ designed to collect and delete sensitive information, primarily in Middle Eastern countries.
Kaspersky called the malware, named “Flame,” the “most sophisticated cyber-weapon yet unleashed.” It said the bug had infected computers in Iran, the West Bank, Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
The company also said that Flame contained a specific element that was used in the Stuxnet worm and which had not been seen in any other malware since.
Kaspersky’s chief malware expert Vitaly Kamluk said he believed the malware had been operating at least since August 2010, and probably earlier, adding that there was “no doubt” that it was developed by a state actor.
“Flame” was announced by Kaspersky just days before it was revealed that the Stuxnet worm was created by President Obama. Symantec, another Internet security firm, said that certain file names in Flame were identical to those described in a hacking incident in April involving the Iranian oil ministry.
In 2009, President Barack Obama declared America’s digital infrastructure to be a “strategic national asset,” and made cyberspace the 'fifth domain of warfare’.
It seems like Obama is waging America’s first Cyberwar against Iran.