Flame or also known as Flamer and Skywiper is modular computer malware that attacks computers running Microsoft Windows operating system and it is being used for targeted espionage in Middle Eastern countries.
The Flame cyber-espionage campaign was originally discovered in May 2012 by Kaspersky Lab during an investigation initiated by the International Communication Union.
In the recent research conducted by Kaspersky Lab in partnership with International Telecommunication Union’s cybersecurity executing arm – IMPACT, CERT-Bund/BSI and Symantec revealed that Flame started as early as December 2006 which originally was estimated started in 2010. The research also found Flame’s Command and Control platform is disguised to look like a common Content Management System, in order to avoid attention from the hosting provider.
The attackers can obtain the data from the machines infected with Flame and four communication protocols used has been discovered from the research but only one of them was compatible with Flame. This shows at least three other types of malware used Flame’s Command and Control servers.
The Chief Security Expert of Kaspersky Lab, Alexander Gostev commented that Flame’s creators are good at covering their tracks until very difficult for the security experts to analyze the amount of data stolen by Flame.
by Alice Lee