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US, Israel developed Flame computer virus: report

June 20, 2012

“The United States and Israel jointly developed the Flame computer virus that collected intelligence to help slow Iran’s nuclear program, The Washington Post has reported, citing anonymous Western officials.

The so-called Flame malware aimed to map Iran‘s computer networks and monitor computers of Iranian officials, the newspaper said. It was designed to provide intelligence to help in a cyber campaign against Iran’s nuclear program, involving the National Security Agency, the CIA and Israel’s military, the Post said.

The cyber campaign against Iran’s nuclear program has included the use of another computer virus called Stuxnet that caused malfunctions in Iran’s nuclear enrichment equipment, the newspaper said.

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Current and former US and Western national security officials confirmed that the United States played a role in creating the Flame virus.

Since Flame was an intelligence “collection” virus rather than a cyberwarfare program to sabotage computer systems, it required less-stringent US legal and policy review than any US involvement in offensive cyberwarfare efforts, experts said.

The CIA, NSA, Pentagon, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment.

Flame is the most complex computer spying program ever discovered.

Two leading computer security firms – Kaspersky Lab and Symantec Corp – have linked some of the software code in the Flame virus to the Stuxnet computer virus, which was widely believed to have been used by the United States and Israel to attack Iran’s nuclear program.

Reuters

Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Why terrorism is on the rise – Azazi

Gen. Azazi
Gen. Azazi

By Tony Akowe

The National Security Adviser, Gen. Andrew Azazi , said in Kaduna on Thursday that governments’ failure to address the root causes of unrest in the country has created a fertile ground for the recruitment, indoctrination, brainwashing and training of terrorists and other insurgents in the country.

Speaking on the theme: “Northern Nigeria, The Prosperity Agenda and National Security” at the Northern Impact Summit organized by the Arewa Transformation and Empowerment Initiative, Gen. Azazi also said that lopsided economic development of any nation has never worked anywhere and is capable of leading to the collapse of such a nation.

Represented by one of his Advisers, Prof. Soji Adelaja, the NSA noted that recent events in the Middle East and North African region have showed that long term failure to address long standing economic problems helped to erode national cohesion and the ability to advance as a nation.

He noted that even though the incidences of bombing and terrorist attacks have been concentrated in the north, the development has adversely affected the nation’s economy, pointing out that the economic prosperity of a region depends on national security which all Nigerians must be on board to address.

Azazi noted that Nigeria as a nation cannot afford to leave any of its states or region behind in the march towards a long overdue achievement of prosperity, stressing that comprehensive regional economic transformation has and will remain at the forefront of the nation’s policies.

He said, “From a practical perspective, evidence is mounting that some of the root causes of unrest and the feeling of dissatisfaction and disaffection amongst citizens are economic hardship and the lack of economic opportunity.

“This is the case, not only in the north, but all over Nigeria. The failure to address these root causes of unrest tend to create fertile ground for the recruitment, indoctrination, brainwashing and training of terrorists and other insurgents.

“As we have learnt from the recent events in the Middle East and North Africa regions, long term failure to address long standing economic problems helped erode national cohesion and the ability to advance as a nation,” the NSA added.

Source:The Nation Newspaper

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