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Flame computer virus may have come from West or China: Queen's University expert

2012-05-30

Queen’s University computer security expert David Skillicorn is available to talk about today’s discovery of the Flame computer virus, which has lurked inside thousands of computers across the Middle East for as long as five years as part of a cyber-warfare campaign.

Dr. Skillicorn says what makes the virus unique is that it is very sophisticated, on par with the Stuxnex virus that attacked Iran’s nuclear program in 2010.

“The core of the story is how sophisticated this virus is. It’s a whole level above Stuxnex which was the last great cyber weapon. It’s rather hard to guess who might be behind it. It does seem to target the Middle East so that would suggest the West of China,” says Dr. Skillicorn.

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