Cybersleuths see new link between Flame, Stuxnet
In this photo taken on Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, and released by the International Iran Photo Agency, Iranian technicians work at the Bushehr nuclear power plant, outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran. Iran's nuclear chief said Tuesday Nov. 23, 2010 that a malicious computer worm known as Stuxnet has not harmed the country's atomic program and accused the West of trying to sabotage it. Iran has earlier confirmed that Stuxnet infected several personal laptops belonging to employees at the Bushehr nuclear power plant but that plant systems were not affected. (AP Photo/IIPA,Ebrahim Norouzi)
Published Monday, June 11, 2012 1:31PM EDT
LONDON — Cybersecurity researchers say they've uncovered a new link between the infrastructure-wrecking Stuxnet program and the recently-discovered Flame virus.
Kaspersky Labs expert Alexander Gostev says in a blog post that his company had identified similarities in subsets of the code used to build both pieces of software.
Gostev said Monday that Kaspersky had pinned the similarities down to a single component used to spread the viruses through portable memory sticks.
British academic Alan Woodward says that the discovery suggests "that very early on there was some sharing" between the viruses' creators.
The discovery of Stuxnet revolutionized the cybersecurity field because it appeared aimed at Iran's disputed nuclear program -- the most high-profile example of malicious software being used to wreak industrial havoc.