In an ARS Technica post dated June 6, 2012 Mikko Hypponen, the chief research officer for security software company F Secure – admits that conventional consumer anti-virus software missed the 2 massive Flame & Stuxnet computer viruses that now have the world on edge.
The truth is, consumer-grade antivirus products can’t protect against targeted malware created by well-resourced nation-states with bulging budgets. They can protect you against run-of-the-mill malware: banking trojans, keystroke loggers, and e-mail worms. But targeted attacks like these go to great lengths to avoid antivirus products on purpose.
Flame was a failure for the antivirus industry. We really should have been able to do better. But we didn’t. We were out of our league, in our own game. —Mikko Hypponen is the Chief Research Officer of F-Secure
What is Flame?
A massive 20 MB virus – that went without detection for over 5 years – until discovered in 2012.
Flame has only discovered a few hundred computers infected by the malware.
That’s not that big.
Certainly, it’s pretty insignificant when you compare it to the 600,000 Mac computers which were infected by the Flashback malware earlier this year. —nakedsecurity.com
What is Stuxnet?
A computer worm that infected tens of thousands of PCs in 155 countries during 2010 – most notably it was used to “vandalize an Iranian nuclear site”.