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Flame virus- No impact on SL yet

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The deadly virus that has the ability to copy high level information from state agencies and other parties has not had any impact in Sri Lanka as yet, The Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team (SLCERT) confirmed.

The Flame computer virus that smoldered undetected for years in Middle Eastern energy facilities confirmed fears that the world has entered a new age of cyber espionage and sabotage.

Internet defenders on Wednesday were tearing into freshly exposed Flame malware (malicious software) that could be adapted to spread to critical infrastructures in countries around the world.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror Information Technology Engineer of SLCERT Roshan Chandraguptha said that the virus is yet to affect Sri Lanka and that there has been no reported case of the virus affecting any Lankan computers. “Iran is the main country that has been affected by this virus. What happens through this virus is that computer and network data can be stolen undetected from one place to another” he said.

Chandraguptha went on to say that the mode of ‘travel’ of the virus can be both by external devices such as USB’s and external hard drives and also through the network “The danger of the virus is that it can be transmitted both externally and through the network” he said.

However the Information technology engineer went on to point out that since there has not been any case of the virus affecting Sri Lanka SLCERT is unable to ascertain its reaction. “We have done everything that is necessary in order to take precaution from it. Iranian CERT has shared information regarding the removing of the virus and we will use that information as well. Iran seems to be a targeted attack and is the worst affected country from the virus, we watching the developments very closely” he said. (By Hafeel Farisz)

  Comments - 13

  • rajagona Friday, 01 June 2012 04:22 PM

    The CIA probably behind these cyber-terrorism. Thats what its targeted againt Iran. Now comes the surprise. This virus has built using the code used to make android game called "angry bird". Guess google is has a hand behind this virus.

    Rishard Friday, 01 June 2012 02:51 AM

    We have a much greater virus destroying our wealth and resources. That is the rampant 'corruption' in our facilities. Flame virus is mostly in the huge energy sector in the Middle East.

    Rosh Friday, 01 June 2012 03:11 AM

    Coz our govt agencies are not that much IT savvy hence nothing much to be fetched away by FLAME - may be a couple of porn sites they visited, / games they play etc...

    ghamer Friday, 01 June 2012 06:57 AM

    That's why government increase fuel prices.... so FLAME can't spread in the country...........

    naraka kolla Sunday, 03 June 2012 03:06 AM

    There is absolutely nothing to worry! Which of our state agency has a decent computer system? They were visionaries who have pre-planned against such attacks!

    ibog Saturday, 02 June 2012 03:10 AM

    May be high import tax rate applied to Virus also so they couldn't break into country :) ... Flame who cares we have more financial viruses to handle :(

    Fusion Thursday, 31 May 2012 06:38 PM

    Ordinary users need not panic. 'Flame' only targets a certain type of systems (like a sniper taking out a target). One reason its so hard to find is due to the selectiveness. Its more sophisticated that 'Stuxnet', and unlike 'Stuxnet', 'Flame' is a cyber-spy and won't really harm your system. But top Govt & military systems are different story.

    nnn Thursday, 31 May 2012 06:53 PM

    Thank you, we better carful

    Binu Friday, 01 June 2012 07:29 AM

    What importance do we have for them???

    citizen1 Friday, 01 June 2012 04:31 AM

    Our virus seems unstoppable.

    sltk2004 Friday, 01 June 2012 04:33 AM

    Good thing that we are not very high tech :)

    Fusion Friday, 01 June 2012 08:06 AM

    Ordinary citizens? Zero.

    Smith Friday, 01 June 2012 08:14 AM

    As if we have any information of value for the hackers!

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