Iran ‘finds fix’ for sophisticated Flame malware


Iran says it has developed tools that can defend against the sophisticated cyber attack tool known as Flame.

The country is believed to have been hit hard by the malicious programme which infiltrates networks in order to steal sensitive data.

Security companies said Flame, named after one of its attack modules, is one of the most complex threats ever seen.

Iran says its home-grown defence could both spot when Flame is present and clean up infected PCs.

Hard work

Iran’s National Computer Emergency Response Team (Maher) said in a statement that the detection and clean-up tool was finished in early May and is now ready for distribution to organisations at risk of infection.

Flame was discovered after the UN’s International Telecommunications Union asked for help from security firms to find out what was wiping data from machines across the Middle East.

An investigation uncovered the sophisticated malicious programme which, until then, had largely evaded detection.

An in-depth look at Flame by the Laboratory of Cryptography and System Security at Hungary’s University of Technology and Economics in Budapest, said it stayed hidden because it was so different to the viruses, worms and trojans that most security programmes were des… >>>

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