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The Middle East fights the Flame, but virus spreads anyway

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(Read caption) This file photo shows the Maroun Petrochemical plant in southwestern Iran. In September 2011 engineers took the plant -- and Iran's oil ministry -- offline in response to a computer virus. Flame, a new virus, doesn't seem to be targeting any specific industry, but it is mining data from infected computers in Iran and other parts of the Middle East.

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Iranian IT workers just can't catch a break.

Two years ago there was Stuxnet, a virus that targeted Iranian uranium-enrichment infrastructure. Now Flame, a mutating piece of malware, is continuing to spread, infecting more than 1,000 Windows-powered computers across the Middle East. It's centered on Iran, but has also spread to Israel and Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and even Sudan.

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