Researchers Warn of New Stuxnet Worm

Wednesday Oct 19th 2011 by Staff

Stuxnet-variant Duqu appears to be gathering intelligence as a precursor to a cyberattack.

BBC News: Researchers from security vendor Symantec have published their findings about a new variant of the Stuxnet worm. Called "Duqu," the new malware appears to be collecting information from specific, targeted organizations as "a precursor to a future Stuxnet-like attack," says the company. Although Duqu uses pieces of the Stuxnet code, "Duqu does not contain any code related to industrial control systems and does not self-replicate," they added.

According to Symantec chief technology officer Greg Day, "This isn't some hobbyist, it is using bleeding-edge techniques and that generally means it has been created by someone with a specific purpose in mind."

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