Stuxnet malware threatens multiple industries

Stuxnet malware threatens multiple industries

Summary: Security experts have found multiple instances of the well-organised malware that could attack more than just nuclear sites

TOPICS: Security

Security experts from the Sans Institute has said they have found multiple instances of Stuxnet-like malware tailored to attack specific industrial systems.

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The discovery of the Stuxnet worm shook the industry after it emerged that the malware contained code designed to modify programmable logic controllers in the frequency converter drives mainly used to control motors in uranium enrichment facilities.

Sans Institute member Eric Cole, who chairs the US president's cybersecurity commission and has some 20 years' industry experience, said he has witnessed four similar attacks targeted at specific industries. "I know of a recent case where four companies within the manufacturing sector were targeted by one of many [zero-day] attacks," Cole said. "From the forensic evidence, it seems the attackers were after some particular intellectual property and were well organised and methodical."

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Stuxnet just the tip of the iceberg on ZDNet Australia.

Topic: Security

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  • Can't see how this could cause a problem unless you were insane enough to let any Microsoft products within a mile of a nuclear installation.
  • You got that right, Andy. A majority of the adware, malware, etc. are due to the swiss cheese OS put out by M$ over the last 25 years.
  • @AndyPagin, @ator. You can't just blame Microsoft, notwithstanding the relative ease with which their OS's are are apparently compromised. You must also blame the perpetrators of all the 'mischief' out there (criminals and script kids alike) who, ultimately are compromising the rights and freedoms of us all in the use and enjoyment of the Internet, in addition to all the direct harm that they are doing.
    The Former Moley
  • Moley, crime is and always has been a fact of life. Those responsible for incredibly dangerous and critical entities such as Nuclear reactors and defence systems have an absolute duty to take every possible step to ensure their security. Windows is notoriously insecure, this isn't a new discovery and to continue using their products in this context is inexcusably reckless.
  • @Andy - Stuxxnet is targetted at specific vulnerabilities in specific embedded systems; the truth about security is that every system is vulnerable in some way and the worst security problems are in the ways people use technology and circumvent safeguards. It's lazy thinking to just point at Windows (or any other single component) and say that's the problem...
    Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe