- Internet and oil markets going to Flame(s)
- Russia and China may now be framing the United States and other countries using cyberwarfare tactics. This should not be a startling statement nor should anyone brush this statement off as hearsay. In order to understand the dynamics of this theme, you the reader need to be aware of global politics, computing and a bit of intelligence.
- I will begin with Kaspersky as an individual followed by the company. Yevgeniy (Eugene) Kaspersky is a graduate of the Russian FSB's IKSI. IKSI is the Institute of Cryptography, Telecommunications and Computer Science of the FSB Academy. [FSB] Kaspersky you may recall wants an end to freedom on the Internet: "I'd like to change the design of the Internet by introducing regulation ... about following Internet standards. And if some countries don't agree with or don't pay attention to the agreement, just cut them off." [ZDN] Do you need a translation of what Kaspersky was aiming for? If so, this write up is not for you.
- Fast forward to almost three years following that statement. Suprise! Kasperky discovers "the most complex malware every produced." No one has ever seen nor heard of it. Granted there are hundreds of millions of users in the world and hundreds of antivirus companies around. How many hundreds of thousands of security researchers? Yet according to Kaspersky and company, this "Flame" malware has been around for years without ever being detected. What is the saying? If it sounds too good to be true?
- Often times, I am asked as a security professional: "Don't you think that the antivirus companies launch these things to scare us into buying their products." Often my response is: "Why should they, there are enough criminals attacking operating systems. The AV companies won't have to." Whereas now, things are starting to make a little more sense. Did Kaspersky create a strain to rattle global politics? Why couldn't he do so. After all, he is in some capacity FSB. If you recall, Kaspersky's son was kidnapped and held for some ransom, what is to stop him from being blackmailed by the FSB of all agencies into making something like Flame. It would make logical sense.
- Flame is known for targeting only Middle east targets. Mainly oil companies. Coincidentally, Russia has also been on a rampage when it comes to oil, after all it all boils down to money at the end of the day. [OIL] So why is everyone hellbent on trying to connect the dots associated with Flame and the United States. It could quite possibly entail nothing more than a power play for Russia to attempt to gain a certain amount of control of the Internet. This allows them to be able to determine dissidents via way of Internet taps. It also gives them a greater stage to collaborate and earn Chinese currency.
- Granted, Flame would have to be state sponsored, as a kid there was a running theme that "whomever smelt it dealt it." This is likely to be the case. State sponsored indeed. What better way to light fire to the United States than it would be to shift the blame on the country via a horribly written, bloated piece of malware. You know that same piece of malware that has five different encryption mechanism. Psssttt... Mr. Kaspersky, didn't you graduate crypto school? China, your role will be analyzed soon however, it need not take a global political science major who doubles in forensics to connect those dots.
- Veritas vos liberabit
- Immanuel Hume
- [FSB] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institute_of_Cryptography,_Telecommunications_and_Computer_Science
- [ZDN] http://www.zdnetasia.com/microsoft-onecare-was-good-enough-62058697.htm
- [OIL] http://www.meforum.org/405/russias-middle-east-ambitions
Internet and oil markets going to Flame(s)
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