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Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 06/19/2012

U.S., Israel, developed Flame #thecircuit

Flame virus developed by U.S., Israel: The United States and Israel jointly developed the so-called “Flame” virus to collect intelligence ahead of cyber-sabotage attacks aimed at Iran’s nuclear program, The Washington Post reported.

The emerging details about Flame provide new clues about what is believed to be the first sustained campaign of cyber-sabotage against an adversary of the United States.

“This is about preparing the battlefield for another type of covert action,” said one former high-ranking U.S. intelligence official, who added that Flame and Stuxnet were elements of a broader assault that continues today. “Cyber collection against the Iranian program is way further down the road than this.”

Internet governance: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce threw its support behind the Internet governance resolution proposed by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) on Tuesday.

The resolution, H. Con. Res. 127., would propose to preserve the current model of Internet regulation rather than adopting the proposal to put Internet oversight under the jurisdiction of the International Telecommunications Union, a part of the United Nations.

The proposal has bipartisan support. In the opening remarks of a hearing on the resolution, Rep. Anna Eshoo (R-Calif.) said, “While there is no question that nations must work together to address challenges to the Internet’s growth and stability, like cybersecurity and privacy concerns, these issues can best be addressed under the existing multi-stakeholder model.”

Facebook reporting tool: Ever wonder what happens after you click “Report/Mark as Spam” on your Facebook account?

On Tuesday, the social network released an infographic that explains that process a little more and draws back the curtain on what happens when its users report to the site.

The company has several teams that deal with different kinds of content, according to the graphic and accompanying blog post. There’s a Safety team, a Hate and Harassment team, an Abusive Content team and an Access Team, which each deal with a specific type of reported material.

The infographic didn’t go into much detail about how the teams assess content, but did say that in some cases teams check potential violations against Facebook’s community guidelines and, in cases where there is a credible threat of violence, will bring matters to the attention of law enforcement.

Google finds malicious sites: In a Tuesday blog post, Google said that it finds around 9,500 malicious sites per day — just one part of the data it collects about the Internet on a regular basis.

The post, written by Niels Provos of the company’s security team, said that it also shows several million security warnings to Internet users every day.

Phishing and malware continue to be the biggest threats to safe browsing, Provos said.

Schumer writes to Apple, Google: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) wrote to Apple and Google Monday asking the companies to stop using flying cameras for their map applications.

Schumer asked for the companies to give prior notification of mapping, to blur the images of individuals and give people the option to keep their homes off of the companies’ map services.

“Barbequing or sunbathing in your backyard shouldn’t be a public event. People should be free from the worry of some high-tech peeping Tom technology violating one’s privacy when in your own home,” said Schumer,” he said in the letter.

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