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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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