The newly discovered Flame computer virus—designed for spying and not for destruction—is quickly replacing 2010's Stuxnet as the offensive cyberweapon of greatest notoriety. But U.S. veterans of digital combat say it has been effective and gone undetected for two years or more because its targets in the Middle East were well chosen and the type of exploitation was tailored for a foe without top-of-the-line defenses in the realm of cyber. The U.S., Israel, China and Russia—rated as ...


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