The sophistication of hackers continues to grow.
A virus that has been around since 2007 allows the government to turn on your laptop computer’s built-in microphone and record anything spoken nearby.
The question is: Which government?
Because this virus is found most often on computers in Iran, the assumption is that the Israeli government designed the virus. Conceivably, it was the Iranian government. The virus is found on Israeli computers.
Iran has blamed the USA and the nation of Israel.
What a government can design, some private hackers will be able to design at some point. The computers keep getting more powerful.
The virus is called Flame.
This is the only virus with spying capabilities discovered so far. Some computer experts think there are others.
Iran’s National Computer Emergency Response Team claims that Flame may be linked to cyber security attacks which Iranian officials say caused data losses on some computer systems. But the organization could also have blamed good, old-fashioned hard disk failures.
Flame can do more than monitor microphones. It can collect data files. It can remotely change settings on computers. It can take screen shots. It can log instant messaging chats.