Flame-Style Cyberweapons a ‘Very, Very Bad Idea’

Cyberweapons Easy to Replicate, Kaspersky Warns

Speaking at a high-profile digital security conference in Tel Aviv this week, Kaspersky Labs CEO Eugene Kaspersky, the discoverer of the US-Israeli made Flame Virus, warned the nations against continuing to develop these ever-more-advanced cyberweapons.

Cyberweapons “are a very, very bad idea,” Kaspersky warned, saying that the weapons would be easy to replicate after their development stage and could easily be turned against their originators.

“My message is: Stop doing that before it’s too late. The ideas are spreading too fast. There is a genie in a bottle,” Kaspersky added. The Stuxnet worm, the last high profile US-Israeli creation, ended up spreading across the world, attacking industrial computers in allied nations as well as the US itself.

Experts have warned that Flame, the new virus, is advanced to an unprecedented level, and that its controllers had been attempting to send “suicide code” to certain analyst systems to prevent anti-virus companies from figuring out how it works.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.