Iran Claims to Have Defeated the Flame Virus

Iran Claims to Have Defeated the Flame Virus

Iran admits that its oil industry was briefly affected by the Flame virus, but says experts have defeated it.
First Publish: 5/31/2012, 6:16 AM
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – Reuters

Iran’s key oil industry was briefly affected by the powerful computer virus known as Flame, that has unprecedented data-snatching capabilities and can eavesdrop on computer users, a senior Iranian military official said Wednesday, according to The Associated Press.

The comment is the first direct link between the emergence of the new malware and an attack inside a highly sensitive computer system in Iran, which counts on oil revenue for 80 per cent of its income.

According to AP, Gholam Reza Jalali, who heads an Iranian military unit in charge of fighting sabotage, claimed that Iranian experts had detected and defeated the Flame virus. He told state radio that the oil industry was the only governmental body seriously affected and that all data that had been lost were retrieved.

“This virus penetrated some fields,” Jalali was quoted as having said. “One of them was the oil sector. Fortunately, we detected and controlled this single incident. We could also retrieve the information that was lost.”

He claimed that there has been no report of any other governmental agency being affected by the virus.


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