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Report: 'Flame' cut from 'Angry Birds' cloth

Powerful cyber-weapon said to be written in LUA computer language – which is the base of incredibly popular game

Published: 05.31.12, 13:10 / Israel News

The "Flame" computer virus, which wreaked havoc on several major Iranian computer systems, is related to none other than the "Angry Birds" game, Fox News reported Thursday.


According to the report, "Flame" – dubbed "the most sophisticated cyber-weapon ever" – was written in  LUA computer language, which the incredibly popular game was written in.


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Fox quoted cyber experts as saying Flame's complexity indicates that it contains some 250,000 lines of code or more, yet it was constructed using LUA, which is favored by game programmers due to its ease of use.


"The people who developed the malware found an ingenious way to use a code not part and parcel of a hacker's normal arsenal, and that made it harder to detect," Cedric Leighton, a former Air Force Intelligence officer told the American news network.


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Roel Schouwenberg, a senior security researcher with Kaspersky Labs, added that as a cyber-weapon, "Flame is 20 times the size of earlier cyber bombs and far more powerful, making it practically an army on its own… It's an entire cyber-espionage operation."


Other cyber experts added that Flame is "powerful enough to initiate webcams, microphones, and Bluetooth connections in order to extract contact lists, record conversations and more."



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