Date: June 12 2012
SAN FRANCISCO. US computer security researchers say the Flame computer virus targeting Middle Eastern energy facilities, particularly in Iran, has been ordered to vanish, leaving no trace.
The discovery of Flame sparked speculation it had been created by US and Israeli security services to steal information about Iran's controversial nuclear drive. Kaspersky Lab, one of the world's biggest producers of anti-virus software, said the Flame virus was ''about 20 times larger than Stuxnet'', the worm discovered in June 2010 and used against the Iranian nuclear program.
The self-destruct command was evidently sent after Flame was exposed and investigations started. Flame can record keystrokes, capture images and eavesdrop using computers' microphones.
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