Flame Wars of the Future
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  • Kris

    “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.”

    Hey, a free Windows upgrade/replacement!

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    I’m wondering why you think Russia and China are big IT countries? Where is the Russian Microsoft or the Chinese Google? Where are their game designers? Why do you think their governments can do such a world class job, when their private sector lacks the deep bench of elite software engineers needed for world class security software design?

    Even the Russian company (Kaspersky Labs) that found Flame says that it is at least 5 years old and possibly 8 years old, that they don’t even understand it yet, and they can’t imagine what the designers of Flame have developed since they fielded Flame (I doubt they have been sleeping). This puts the Russians, the Chinese, and anyone else at least 5 years, and more likely 10 years behind what is most likely the NSA, and strictly a US operation. Israel is not involved although they may know about it because they know it’s not them, so it’s the Americans.

    How many software generations occur in 10 years? 3, 4, more? Android is in its fourth generation, 4.0 (ice cream sandwich), and I don’t think it is even 5 years old.

    Freedom is creative, authoritarian is not. I’m not worried about Russia or China becoming world class creative powerhouses in the near future; in fact I expect them to continue to eat American dust, in a struggle just to understand what the American’s have already developed.

  • Mrs. Davis

    Don’t get cocky, Jack. Software of this type doesn’t require legions of coders for multitudinous customer features, just a few really clever people; and China and Russia do have those. That’s why they get H1-Bs. Expansion of this program would be the best counter measure possible for crippling their efforts in the cyberwar theater.

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