It was a Sunday afternoon in August 2012 and Gert-Jan Schenk, the European head of cyber security giant McAfee, had just arrived home from summer vacation.
As he busied himself with unpacking luggage, Schenk’s mobile phone rang, displaying an unfamiliar number. The father of two had his hands full with bags and kids, so he let it go to voicemail. Then the number rang again, and then a third time, before Schenk finally put his things down and answered the phone.
According to a analysis of security company Kaspersky in IT Threat Evolution: Q3 2012;
Q3 saw a plethora of espionage-related incidents. The most significant of these were related to the activity of Madi, Gauss and Flame malware, which were distributed primarily in the Middle East.
The enemy is developing, mastering and using the hi-tech to strike at Iran and Tehran should adopt a smart civil and cyber defense strategy against this approach, Head of Iran's Civil Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali said.
Addressing a ceremony in Tehran on Sunday, Jalali said his organization aims to harness and reduce threats against Iran, "so, threats determine the direction of our movement".
Earlier this year Jonathan Evans, the Director General of MI5 (the UK Security Service), warned that cyber attacks against UK plc were as much of a security challenge as terrorism as far as Britain was concerned. He claimed that UK businesses were being targeted at an 'astonishing' rate driven by "many thousands of people lying behind both state-sponsored cyber espionage and organised cyber crime".
A new cyber espionage program linked to the notorious Flame and Gauss malware has been detected by Russia's Kaspersky Lab. The anti-virus giant’s chief warns that global cyber warfare is in “full swing” and will probably escalate in 2013.
Researchers at Kaspersky Lab have been patiently picking apart the ingenious malware packages that romped through computer networks in the Middle East, sucking up data and destroying Iranian nuclear centrifuges and it seems Kaspersky finds a new addition to the allegedly U.S. and Israeli-sponsored family of cyber-weapons every other month. Monday theyannounced the discovery of the Flame malware’s baby cousin, MiniFlame.
I came across an article on Russia Today recently that revealed more viruses in the vein of Flame and Stuxnet have been discovered. For those of you unaware, Stuxnet, Flame and their derivatives are computer viruses. However, these are not like the standard worms, spyware and viruses that infect the computers of unwary email readers or visitors to the seedier sections of the Internet.
Iran announced on Monday that it has managed to foil another Israeli cyber attack on its oil facilities in recent days.
Head of the Communications and Information Technology (IT) Department of the National Iranian Offshore Oil Company (NIOOC) Mohammad Reza Golshani said his company had come under an Israeli cyber attack in the last two weeks, but NIOOC's IT experts shielded the company against the attack and repelled the threat.