Posted: 5/28/2012 5:48:54 PM
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By Damien McElroy, Christopher Williams
7:06PM BST 28 May 2012
The world's most complex computer virus, possessing a range of complex espionage capabilities, including the ability to secretly record conversations, has been exposed.
Middle Eastern states were targeted and Iran ordered an emergency review of official computer installations after the discovery of a new virus, known as Flame.
Experts said the massive malicious software was 20 times more powerful than other known cyber warfare programs including the Stuxnet virus and could only have been created by a state.
It is the third cyber attack weapon targeting systems in the Middle East to be exposed in recent years.
Iran has alleged that the West and Israel are orchestrating a secret war of sabotage using cyber warfare and targeted assassinations of its scientists as part of the dispute over its nuclear program.
Stuxnet attacked Iran's nuclear programme in 2010, while a related program, Duqu, named after the Star Wars villain, stole data.