Shalom Life | October 31, 2014

The Cyber War Heats Up

The UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is set to issue a warning regarding the risk the recently discovered Flame virus poses

By: David Shear

Published: May 31st, 2012 in Business » World

The Cyber War Heats Up

"This is the most serious (cyber) warning we have ever put out," said Marco Obiso, a cyber-security coordinator for the UN's Geneva-based International Telecommunications Union. The agency, which helps member nations secure their national infrastructure plans, is set to issue a confidential warning concerning the magnitude of the dangerous espionage tool.

Kaspersky Lab, the Russian-based cyber security software firm that discovered the virus, said that it was likely the Flame was created by the same group that created the Stuxnet worm – the virus that infected Iran’s nuclear centrifuges in 2010.

Marco Obiso warned, "I think it is a much more serious threat than Stuxnet," adding that countries should be alerted to the threat of espionage. Obiso further explained that the ITU would collect data to track the spread of the virus and to observe any changes in its composition.

While it has yet to be determined who is responsible for either the Stuxnet or Flame virus, yesterday, Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon issued a statement that said, "Whoever sees the Iranian threat as a serious threat would be likely to take different steps, including these, in order to hurt them."

Speaking in an interview with Army Radio, Ya'alon added in reference to the cyber-attack, "Israel is blessed to be a nation possessing superior technology. These achievements of ours open up all kinds of possibilities for us."

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