Iran shouldn’t panic over the newly discovered Trojan, says anti-virus pioneer Zvi Netiv
Iranians, West Bankers, and Israelis can all calm down. The much-hyped Flame Trojan isn’t all that, according to Zvi Netiv, one of the world’s pioneers of the anti-virus business.
“The capabilities that are being attributed to Flame are clearly way overblown. There is nothing in Flame that we haven’t seen for at least ten years,” said Netiv, who has seen viruses, Trojans, and worms come and go since 1991, when his company, NetZ Computing, came up with the world’s first comprehensive virus protection program.
That’s a radical position, considering comments made by Eugene Kaspersky, who heads Kaspersky Labs, which captured Flame and has begun analyzing it. In a press release announcing the trojan, Kaspersky said that “the Flame malware looks to be another phase in the war” to take control of networks and computer systems, “making it one of the most advanced and complete attack-toolkits ever discovered.”