Created: 05/29/2012 10:24 AM KSTC45.com | Print Story
By: Jennie Olson
A massive computer virus being called "Flame" is circulating in the Middle East.
A Russian Internet security firm reports that computers in Iran appear to have been particularly affected. It describes the virus as unprecedented in size and complexity and says it can turn infected computers into listening devices and even suck information from nearby cell phones.
The discovery of the new cyberweapon is the third in the past two years. The Russian lab says it appears to have been created at the behest of a national government.
Iran has not disclosed any data lost to the virus, but Israel is doing little to deflect suspicion that it's behind the attack.
Vice Premier Moshe Yaalon (MOH'-shuh YAH'-uh-lohn) tells Israeli Army Radio that anyone who sees Iran and its nuclear program as a significant threat is likely take steps to hobble it. He says "Israel is blessed with high technology" and its tools "open all sorts of opportunities."
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