Stuxnet and Flame share code, development teams
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 12/06/2012 14:39
The recently discovered Flame cyber-espionage malware has a direct connection to the Stuxnet malware used to attack programmable logic controllers at Iranian nuclear facilities two years ago, according to Kaspersky Lab, which says Flame and Stuxnet share some technical code that reveals a common development effort of some sort.
The early version of Stuxnet has a Flame module, said Roel Schouwenberg, senior researcher at Kaspersky Lab, who joined with colleague Vitaly Kamluk to share Kaspersky's latest findings today about what the security firm says reveals a direct relationship between those who developed the cyber-weapon Stuxnet and those who developed the Windows-based cyber-espionage tool Flame. He called them "two parallel operations" that were coordinated in some form.
'Conclusive' Link Found Between Stuxnet And Flame
A new twist in the mystery that is Stuxnet/Duqu/Flame: Researchers now say Flame came first and has direct ties to Stuxnet, the targeted attack reportedly launched by the U.S. and Israel against an Iranian nuclear facility.
Researchers from Kaspersky Lab today shared new findings that uncover the first true link between the two targeted malware families -- shared source code, indicating that the efforts were intertwined. "We have found a conclusive link between Stuxnet and Flame," says Roel Schouwenberg, senior researcher for global research and analysis at Kaspersky Lab. This conclusion represents an about-face for Kaspersky, which when it first revealed the discovery of Flame two weeks ago had believed the two malware families were separate, parallel projects with no shared code.
Flame pieces found in Stuxnet virus - expert
A leading computer security firm has linked some of the software code in the powerful Flame virus to the Stuxnet cyber weapon, which is believed to have been used by the United States and Israel to attack Iran's nuclear program.
Eugene Kaspersky, chief executive of Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, which uncovered Flame last month, said his researchers have since found that part of the Flame program code is nearly identical to code found in a 2009 version of Stuxnet.