New 'Flame' Virus Found; EU Boosts Iran Sanctions
'Mini-flame' could steal data, control systems: experts
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2012 6:52 PM CDT
In this file photo taken on Saturday, June 21, 2003, the building of Tehran's nuclear research reactor is seen at the Iran's Atomic Energy Organization's headquarters, in Tehran, Iran.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

(Newser) – Cyber-security experts have spotted a small but precise "mini-virus" riding on the heels of Flame, the espionage tool designed by Israel and the US to undermine Iran's nuclear facilities, reports YNet News. Dubbed "mini-Flame," the new virus appears "designed to steal data and control infected systems," said the Russian-based Kaspersky Lab. So far the lab has spotted a few dozen mini-Flame infections in computers in Iran, Lebanon, the US, France, and Lithuania.

Also today, the EU amped up its sanctions against industry, shipping, and banking sectors in Iran in an effort to revive talks over the country's nuclear program. "I absolutely do think there is room for negotiations," said the EU's foreign policy chief. But Germany's foreign minister sounded a pessimistic note, saying Iran "is still playing for time." The EU had resisted imposing major industry bans for fear of hurting average Iranian citizens.

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Oct 16, 2012 3:54 AM CDT
Screw the average Iranian citizens, if they get angry enough they'll oust their idiot leaders.
Oct 15, 2012 7:13 PM CDT
"The EU had resisted imposing major industry bans for fear of hurting average Iranian citizens." Is there a bigger charade than these so-called sanctions? Consider also that Obama granted exemptions to Iran oil buying to China (Iran's biggest customer), and Japan. Completely useless. The end result will be a nuclear armed Iran. The Saudis and Bahrain have actually as much to lose as Israel from this threat.