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Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Flame and the Angry Birds

We need to get into the mood for this, so let's go to the videotape.

YNet comments on the use of the LUA programming language for the computer virus Flame. Lua is a language that is a favorite of game programmers, including those who programmed the Angry Birds.
The "Flame" computer virus, which wreaked havoc on several major Iranian computer systems, is related to none other than the "Angry Birds" game, Fox News reported Thursday.

According to the report, "Flame" – dubbed "the most sophisticated cyber-weapon ever" – was written in LUA computer language, which the incredibly popular game was written in.

Fox quoted cyber experts as saying Flame's complexity indicates that it contains some 250,000 lines of code or more, yet it was constructed using LUA, which is favored by game programmers due to its ease of use.

"The people who developed the malware found an ingenious way to use a code not part and parcel of a hacker's normal arsenal, and that made it harder to detect," Cedric Leighton, a former Air Force Intelligence officer told the American news network.
Here's the Fox News report.

Let's go to the videotape.

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