(The Hosting News) – It appears that the now famous Flame virus shared similar coding with Stuxnet, according to a new report from Kaspersky Lab on Monday. The actual link is contained in a plugin encompassing 520,192 bytes of data.
Referred to as source 207 in an earlier version of the Stuxnet virus, the coding is also contained within Flame, the newly found virus primarily affecting the middle-eastern country of Iran. When initially reporting on Flame, Kaspersky referred to it as “the most sophisticated cyber weapon yet unleashed.”
While the viruses do appeared to be tied, it doesn’t necessarily mean they originated from the same source. A team collaboration and sharing of the coding was more likely as both platforms became managed separately, according to Kaspersky.
“In 2009, part of the code from the Flame platform was used in Stuxnet. We believe that source code was used, rather than complete binary modules,” said the company on its blog. “Since 2010, the platforms have been developing independently from each other, although there has been interaction at least at the level of exploiting the same vulnerabilities,” continued the post.
Flame is capable of performing a number of complex tasks including key-logging, audio recording and taking screenshots. Kaspersky said it likely originated from a nation state.
Just earlier this month, a report from the New York Times said the Stuxnet virus was developed by allies including the United States and Israel. Both countries are at odds with Iran concerning its nuclear program. Despite that report, Israel has emphatically denied being involved with the with the other malware, Flame.