"This is obviously a cyber-weapon and if this is nation state supported as we think it, this is actually a new stage of cyber warfare," said Vitaly Kamlyuk, Kaspersky Lab’s chief malware expert.
They call the new virus 'Flame' because that word keeps showing up in the code. Flame reads emails and passwords, grabs images from computer screens, and can turn on computer microphones to record conversations and send them back to whoever planted the cyber bug.
'We tried to follow the command and control servers and infrastructure but it turned out to be more than a dozen different servers located in many different countries," Kamlyuk said.
The Kaspersky folks say flame took a couple of years to develop and requires a small army of people and servers to gather and analyze the data collected, which pretty much rules out a basement full of geeks, unless that basement is in the Pentagon.