program associated to the notorious Flame and Gauss malware has been detected
by Russia’s Kaspersky Lab. The anti-virus giant’s chief warns that global cyber
warfare is in “full swing” and will probably accelerate in 2013.
miniFlame, and as well-known as SPE, has by now infected computers Systems in
Iran, Lebanon, France, the United States and Lithuania. It was exposed in July
2012 and is defined as “a small and highly flexible
malicious program designed to steal data and control infected systems during
targeted cyber espionage operations,” Kaspersky Lab said in a statement.
The malware was initially
identified as an appendage of Flame – the program used for targeted cyber
espionage in the Middle East and acknowledged to be part of mutual US-Israeli
efforts to damage Iran’s nuclear program.
Kaspersky Lab analysts learned that miniFlame is an “interoperable tool that could be used as
an independent malicious program, or concurrently as a plug-in for both the
Flame and Gauss malware.”
The analysis also exposed
new evidence of cooperation between the creators of Flame and Gauss, as both
viruses can use miniFlame for their operations.
ability to be used as a plug-in by either Flame or Gauss clearly connects the
collaboration between the development teams of both Flame and Gauss. Since the
connection between Flame and Stuxnet/Duqu has already been revealed, it can be concluded that all these advanced threats come from
the same ‘cyber warfare’ factory,” Kaspersky Lab said.