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|What makes the Flame virus a major potential concern for common citizens of the world is the fact that it has the ability to spread wirelessly by attaching itself to Bluetooth-enabled devices. Once there, it can not only trace and steal information stored on those devices; according to the NYTimes the program also contains a 'microbe' command that can activate any microphone within the device, record whatever is going on at the time—presumably whether you're actually using the device or not—and transmit audio files back to the attacker. Flame contains modules fromthe earlier 'stuxnet' virus that appeared in the Middle East in 2010. Wired: 'Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the NSA. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store every email, phone call and text message in the world.'|
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