UN to issue warning on Flame computer virus

Nations to be told virus is a dangerous espionage tool that could potentially be used to attack critical infrastructure.

A United Nations agency charged with helping member nations secure their national infrastructures plans to issue a sharp warning about the risk of the “Flame” computer virus that was recently discovered in Iran and other parts of the Middle East. “This is the most serious [cyber] warning we have ever put out,” said Marco Obiso, cyber security coordinator for the UN’s Geneva-based International Telecommunications Union. The confidential warning will tell member nations that the Flame virus is a dangerous espionage tool that could potentially be used to attack critical infrastructure, he told Reuters news agency in an interview on Tuesday. “They should be on alert,” he said, adding that he believed Flame was likely built on behalf of a nation state. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/05/2012529222833219432.html

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