As many of you may recall, in 2009 the Iranian government's nuclear program was set back by nearly 5 years due to a SCADA (Supervisory Contral and
Data Acquisition) attack that destroyed/damaged many crucial systems. Stuxnet was quite clearly the highest form of AI scene thus far in a computer
virus... it hid, self-replicated, would lay dormant during peak worker hours to avoid detection, etc.
Stuxnet the best malware ever?
There has never been any solid attribution given to who created and deployed Stuxnet, although most agree that it was most likely the United States
and/or Israel. A few other countries, namely Russia, China, and South Korea, are probably capable of creating such a program, but they have little if
no motivation to do so, especially against Iran.
Stuxnet was limited to primarily Iran, with a few other countries having comparitively minor levels of infection.
Enter Flame, the next generation of intelligent malware... like Stuxnet, but on steroids.
As the links illustrate it is clear that Flame is vastly more complicated and ambitious in scope. Of particular interest is the ability of Flame to
record/turn on VOiP, microphone (if equipped), and Skype programs, enable Bluetooth to use for port scanning, and the fact it is 20x larger (code
wise) than Stuxnet.
Flame is almost assuredly a state-created AI malware.
The most pressing questions I have are...
A) Is this the work of the United States and/or Israel, and if not, then who?
B) Are we seeing the future of Big Brother taking root right before our eyes?
Anyways, happy hunting, thanks for reading.
edit on 29-5-2012 by Dreine because: Put into wrong forum, could a mod move this to Current News or
appropriate forum please, thanks.
edit on 29-5-2012 by Dreine because: Typo