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May 29 2012   12:14PM GMT

This Is No Mere Password Stealer, It’s a Data Siphon

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

Andrew Brandt of Solera Networks, sent the following comment regarding the ‘Flame’ malware:

“From what I’ve read, this is like no Advanced Persistent Threat anyone has ever encountered. Flame has been engineered, from the ground up, to steal valuable information over a prolonged period by means of techniques the crimeware makers could not be bothered with. Weighing in at a massive 20MB, the Flame Trojan and its various downloadable components represent an entirely new threatscape not only for businesses but for governments and nongovernmental entities: Any organization, with any valuable information traversing its network, could be a target. Businesses, law enforcement, elected officials, militaries, NGOs — you are all potential targets. Until the security community can build a greater pool of knowledge about the functions of the malware and the motives of its creators, we all remain at risk. This is no mere password stealer, it’s a data siphon.”

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