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Virus ‘Flame’ attacks Microsoft Update

June 5, 2012

The Nightmare Scenario: Flame attacks Microsoft Update

The full mechanism isn’t yet completely analyzed, but Flame has a module which appears to attempt to do a man-in-the-middle attack on the Microsoft Update or Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) system. If successful, the attack drops a file called WUSETUPV.EXE to the target computer.

This file is signed by Microsoft with a certificate that is chained up to Microsoft root.

Except it isn’t signed really by Microsoft.

*Stuxnet x20: Massive cyber spy virus ‘Flame’ hits Iran, Israel

“This is one of the biggest and most sophisticated viruses of our age,” Kaspersky’s chief malware expert Vitaly Kamlyuk told RT. “It is unique in the way it steals different types of information. It can record audio if a microphone is attached to the infected system. It can do screen captures and transmit visual data. It can also steal information from the input boxes, for example intercepting the keyboard or Bluetooth devices. This is a real cyber weapon that can physically destroy infrastructure.”

*Barack Obama ‘ordered Stuxnet cyber attack on Iran’

President Barack Obama ordered the Stuxnet attack on Iran as part of a wave of cyber sabotage and espionage against the would-be nuclear power, according to a new book citing senior Washington sources.

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