June 20, 2012- The U.S. and Israel developed a sophisticated virus for computers that was nicknamed Flame. The computer virus collected critical data pertaining to intelligence in preparing for cyber-sabotage attacks. The two countries aim was to slow down the ability of Iran to develop its nuclear program.
The huge malware was designed to map out secretly the computer networks in Iran and monitor Iranian officials’ computers. The virus was set up to send back streams and streams of intelligence that was used to enable a cyberwarfare campaigns, said government officials.
Involved in the effort is the NSA, CIA and the military of Israel, and included in the espionage is destructive software like the Stuxnet virus that causes malfunction in the nuclear enrichment equipment in Iran.
New details about the virus have provided clues about what experts believe is the first campaign of this form of sabotage against one of America’s adversaries. One high-ranking intelligence official in the U.S. said it was like preparing to enter the battlefield but for a different kind of covert action.
The same official said that Stuxnet and Flame were parts of a broader effort of assault that continues to this day. Last month Flame became known after a set of cyberattacks were detected by Iran against its oil industry. Israel directed the disruption and caught its partner, the U.S., off guard.