Flame code found in Stuxnet virus

  • Two leading computer security firms have uncovered a link between some of the software code in the Flame virus to the Stuxnet cyber attack, believed to have been used by the United States and Israel to attack Iran's nuclear program.

    Eugene Kaspersky, chief executive of Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, said his researchers discovered that part of the Flame program code was nearly identical to code found in a 2009 version of Stuxnet.

    The world’s largest security firm, Symantec Corp, also confirmed that some source code had been shared.

    Flame is the most sophisticated computer-spying program ever discovered and appeared to be aimed at government and energy-industry offices in Iran, Israel and Sudan.

    It remained undetected until last month when a United Nations agency asked Kaspersky Lab to look for a virus that Iran said had sabotaged its computers.