It was the end of last month when we talked about how ‘Flame‘ is a new cyber weapon threat, with this espionage tool being spotted first on infected Windows PCs across the entire Middle East. Nice to know that Microsoft has done their bit in an effort to combat this threat, considering how Flame was disguised to pass off as a legitimate program that was programmed by Microsoft. You can say that Flame is a ‘lightsaber’ of sorts, as computer security experts have described it to be an “elegant method”, and it might have been exploited to deliver other yet to be identified cyber weapons.
Mike Reavey, a senior director with Microsoft’s Security Response Center, has fears that other hackers might just follow a similar technique in order to roll out additional, more widespread attacks using different viruses. Reavey mentioned, “We continue to investigate this issue and will take any appropriate actions to help protect customers.” Hopefully their patch will be able to slow down the march of Flame somewhat.