Flame cyber weapon controlled by humans, not machines

Flame, the recently identified malware that appears to date back to 2007 or earlier, was being actively updated as recently as March of 2012, and its targeted attacks apparently were being controlled by individuals rather than being automated, according to research by security company Bit9, reports Government Computer News.

Bit9 CTO Harry Sverdlove said his company, which provides whitelisting and reputation-based blocking services, blocked repeated attacks by Flame against a customer in the Middle East. When event logs were analyzed it was found that the same attack dropping the same files, identified as Flame, occurred repeatedly from October 2011 through March. The attacks always came during the morning, local time, about the same time each day but not at exactly the same time.

“That is a high indication that it was a human operator,” Sverdlove said. “It was not an opportunistic attack."

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