U.S. cyber spies have allegedly hacked a string of computers inside the official residence of the President of the French Republic during the last days of Sarkozy's tenure and have stolen confidential information by using the Flame malware.
This week, Foreign Secretary William Hague revealed that “not an hour goes by when a system in the UK is not being attacked”, and not only do the hackers attempt to steal state or trade secrets, but also aim to disrupt infrastructure, communications and satellite systems.
Kaspersky Lab announced the discovery of miniFlame, a small and highly flexible malicious program designed to steal data and control infected systems during targeted cyber espionage operations.
Since its discovery by Kaspersky Lab and CrySyS researchers back in May, the Flame malware and its C&C infrastructure are being analyzed for additional clues on who might be behind it.
In April 2012 a series of incidents were publicly reported about a destructive malware program, codenamed Wiper, which was attacking computer systems related to a number of oil facilities in Western Asia.