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'Flame' virus strikes computers in Middle East

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The Flame computer virus rivals Stuxnet in size and complexity. It is believed to be a cyber espionage tool that steals information from computers. Don Hankins/Flickr

Move over Stuxnet. There's a new super virus spreading through computers in the Middle East. It's been dubbed "Flame," by the Russian security firm Kaspersky.

In addition to Iran, Flame has shown up in Egypt, Israel, Syria and Sudan. It is unclear where the virus came from but it shows patterns similar to the Stuxnet virus.

Flame is able to steal private information by reading e-mails, recording keystrokes and even turning on a computer's internal microphone to secretly record conversations in the room.


Kim Zetter is a tech journalist for Wired magazine.

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