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The Flame Virus is a malware type virus and was discovered in 2012. The Flame Virus is also known as Flamer, sKyWIper, and Skywiper. The Flame Virus is an extremely sophisticated strain of malware that shares similarities with the Stuxnet Virus, the computer worm, allegedly created by the United States and Israel, designed to sabotage the Iranian nuclear program. The Flame Virus can record audio if a microphone is attached to the infected computer, regular interval screenshots, keyboard activity, know as key logging and record Skype conversations. One of the most sophisticated characteristics of the Flame Virus is it can connect to nearby Bluetooth devices of the infected computer system and download contact information.
Unlike other viruses, after the Flame Virus compromises a computer system, it has the ability to report back to its deployer, which then makes a decision about what the Flame Virus should do next. The Flame Virus is an eye-opener example of the sophistication of the new viruses to come.
From the example above, it's quite obvious the hackers and virus creators are much more advance today and are continually staying one step ahead of antivirus software developers. For example, hackers and virus creators are creating a new type of virus using oligomorphic, polymorphic and metamorphic coding techniques. These state of the art viruses employ encryption to disguise themselves which allows them to sneak by the most robust antivirus Internet software. Yes, antivirus software developers do catch up, but are frequently slow to catch the newest threats. Therefore, you must use the best antivirus internet security software you can find.
A final note... It has been reported the developers of the Flame Virus have gone one step further and created a suicide type code that is used to wipe out traces of the Flame Viruses from infected computers.
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A computer virus is a malicious piece of code that can replicate itself and infect your computer. Most viruses attach to executable files - programs. Therefore, when you open the malicious program (executable file), the virus is activated and quite often replicates itself and attaches to another executable file. Computer viruses can range in severity. Some may cause only mildly annoying effects while others can be quite destructive to your operating system and software programs. Computer viruses continue to spread through sharing infecting files or sending e-mails with viruses as attachments in the e-mail.
A Trojan Horse is quite sophisticated and full of trickery as the mythological Trojan Horse it was named after. The Trojan Horse will appear to be useful software but will become malicious and damaging once installed on your computer. When a Trojan is activated on your computer, the results can vary, possibly allowing confidential or personal information to be compromised.
A computer worm is also a sophisticated malicious piece of code that is designed to copy itself from one computer to another. Unlike a computer virus, a worm can copy itself automatically without human interaction. Worms can replicate in great volume. For example, worms can copy itself to every contact in your e-mail address book, and then send emails to all your contacts. A common payload for worms is to install a backdoor in the infected computer to create a zombie computer that becomes part of a networks often referred to as botnets. Botnets are very commonly used by spammers sending junk email or those of ill repute to disguise their website's address.