• This tool is believed to be the work of the Equation Group. The tool Gauss is believed to be based on the Flame platform.
A threat actor, using a tool called Flame, targeted computers in the Middle East region; the most compromises were in Iran. This compromise gained widespread coverage due to the modular nature of the malware the threat actors used.
Suspected victims
  • Iran
  • Sudan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Austria
  • France
  • Israel
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Russia
  • Palestine
  • Lebanon
  • Hungary
  • United Arab Emirates
Suspected state sponsor
  • United States
  • Israel
Type of incident
  • Data destruction
Target category
  • Military
  • Private sector