Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Found a mini-version of spyware Flame

Experts have found so far unknown malware aimed at stealing data from infected computers 

Interestingly, in the detected program specialists have found traces of spyware and Flame Gauss.

In the "Kaspersky Lab" is not taken argue who or what is the object of interest of a newly discovered virus. Rather, it comes to computers, which contain information that is "of particular value." Also, the experts there is no information as to whether or not they have incidents of this software, which resulted in the stolen confidential data, the magazine writes Digit.

As the press service of the company, a malicious program called experts miniFlame because of its similarity to known spyware Flame, designed to steal data and control infected systems in targeted attacks, carried out to cyber espionage.

"MiniFlame is a tool for precision attacks. Most likely, this cyber weapons with clear targets, used in the course of what may be called the second wave of cyber attacks, "- said in a news release.

Under the second wave of the experts understand this attack scenario, in which the first infection occurs more "powerful" Flame viruses or Gauss as many systems and the collection of large amounts of information about them. After analyzing the collected data are defined and identified potential victims who may be interested intruders. It is in these computers are set targets and implemented miniFlame for long-depth surveillance and cyber espionage, according to CNews.

Once on the computer, the program functions as a "backdoor", allowing a hacker to gain from the infected machine any file, screenshots and other information on a computer with programs and applications, such as browsers, office suite Microsoft Office, Adobe Reader, IM services messaging and FTP-clients.

These data miniFlame program sends to your management server. Also by the operator miniFlame installs on the infected system add-on designed to steal data by infecting USB-drives that malware uses to store collected data on infected machines, which were collected during the absence of an Internet connection.

According to experts, the detected malware most often found in the networks of Iran and Lebanon. Recall that the computer networks of these particular countries are considered as the main objectives of attacks Flame and Gauss.

"Finding miniFlame gave us more evidence of interaction between the most notable creators of malware used as cyber weapons: Stuxnet, Duqu, Flame and Gauss", - said in a statement.

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