Couple of years ago you must have heard of the flamer malware, it was really more of a cyber espionage tool. So security researchers have been analyzing a pair of recently discovered command and control servers that controlled Flamer. And guess what the researchers have discovered some interesting and disturbing facts about Flamer from those servers.
Researchers say that the cyber espionage tool that targeted the Middle East has been in operation for more than five years and the researchers also found that the malware was active as recently as May 2012. The details are courtesy of security researchers from Symantec with help from researchers at Kaspersky Lab and others.
The researchers group also found out that at least 1000 systems in the Middle East had been controlled by one machine in March. The other command-and-control server deleted spyware and erased its trail in May. Data gleaned from inside the command-and-control servers indicated to the researchers that the software could communicate with five different clients, Flamer and four other programs.