Flame virus prompts Microsoft security boost

  • The discovery of the Flame virus that mainly affected computers in the Middle East has prompted Microsoft to boost the security of its Windows Update program that enables users to protect their PCs and update software.

    The move comes after Microsoft revealed over the weekend that the creators of the Flame virus had exploited a flaw in Windows, allowing them to trick computers into believing it was legitimate Microsoft software.

    The Flame virus came to light a week ago after cyber security experts described it as one of the most sophisticated software ever discovered.

    The virus is believed to have been released to target computers in Iran and the Middle East. It is similar to the Stuxnet worm that attacked Iran's nuclear program in 2010.