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Flame virus

A very sophisticated cyber espionage virus targeting computers in the Middle East and discovered in 2012. A very large and complex virus that uses various methods to hide itself and spoof antivirus software, Flame was designed to grab local and network data, including Skype video sessions. Also called "Flamer" and "SkyWiper," unlike Stuxnet, which was targeted at industrial controllers, Flame is a general-purpose virus for Windows PCs that can be remotely commanded to perform myriad surveillance tasks. See Stuxnet.



Stuxnet

A worm (virus) that was designed to attack Siemens programmable logic controllers (see PLC) and Windows-based industrial software. First identified in 2009, Stuxnet infections were found in Iran, Indonesia, India and other countries with an estimated 100,000 computers infected. Most widely reported was Iran's nuclear generation program, which was damaged when Stuxnet caused some of its centrifuges to run too fast. See Flame virus, worm and SCADA attack.



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