The Telegraph reports on the latest development in the ever expanding world of state-sponsored cyberwarfare:
Middle Eastern states were targeted and Iran ordered an emergency review of official computer installations after the discovery of a new virus, known as Flame.Experts said the massive malicious software was 20 times more powerful than other known cyber warfare programmes including the Stuxnet virus and could only have been created by a state. . . .Flame can gather data files, remotely change settings on computers, turn on computer microphones to record conversations, take screen shots and copy instant messaging chats.
This uber-virus is just the latest sign that cyberwar is going to be a big part of our future. With programs like Stuxnet and Flame targeting Iran, it appears that the good guys are winning—for now. But we should expect the cyber arms race to heat up. Russia, China, other big IT countries have already developed, or are going to be developing, some powerful programs of their own, and we will need countermeasures.Can the United States and its allies keep the lead in the long term? We’ll find out soon enough.