Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th May 2012 23:32 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption "A massive, highly sophisticated piece of malware has been newly found infecting systems in Iran and elsewhere and is believed to be part of a well-coordinated, ongoing, state-run cyberespionage operation. The malware, discovered by Russia-based anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab, is an espionage toolkit that has been infecting targeted systems in Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Sudan, the Israeli Occupied Territories and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa for at least two years. Dubbed 'Flame' by Kaspersky, the malicious code dwarfs Stuxnet in size." Since I'm not particularly well-versed in the subject, maybe someone can answer this question for me: if country A creates a malware infection like this to spy on and/or harm computers in country B, can it be construed as an act of war under existing international law?
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RE[2]: Israel
by Oren156b on Tue 29th May 2012 10:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Israel"
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2012-05-29

Netanyahu's deputy pretty much admits that Israel is behind this:

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/netanyahu-deputy-hint...

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RE[3]: Israel
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 30th May 2012 04:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Israel"
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2006-07-14

Its always been in Israel's best interests to always seem stronger and smarter than everyone else. The more their neighbors believe it and fear Israel, the less likely they are to mess with Israel.

They probably only do half of what they hint that they did.

I think its an Elon Musk/ Mark Shuttleworth/Mark Cuban style Billionaire with an agenda that aligns with a nation state like Israel/US. I do think the information is going to some of the same countries, regardless. They probably know how the information is being gathered, but the situation allows a level of aloofness about the particulars.

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