Items tagged with Stuxnet

Yesterday, the newly minted head of the United States' Cyber Command team and NSA head General Keith Alexander told assembled lawmakers that the US has created offensive cyberwarfare divisions designed to do far more than protect US assets from foreign attacks. This is a major change in policy from previous public statements -- in the past, the US has publicly focused on defensive actions and homegrown security improvements. "I would like to be clear that this team, this defend-the-nation team, is not a defensive team,” General Alexander told the House Armed Services Committee. "This is an... Read more...
A couple of years ago, the Stuxnet worm went on a bit of a rampage worldwide and hit Iranian systems especially hard. Primarily, it hit industrial targets including nuclear power plants and oil rigs. Stuxnet itself has faded a bit, although it was revealed this summer that another particularly nasty piece of malware called Flame had a lot of code in common with Stuxnet, indicating some level of cybercriminal collaboration. Now, according to the AP, Stuxnet has cropped up again, and again the unfortunate parties on the business end of the malware are in Iran. Reportedly, the worm has attacked more... Read more...
After researchers identified the terrifying Flame malware recently, they called it the most sophisticated cyber weapon they’d ever seen, which is impressive, considering how powerful the Stuxnet and Duqu bugs that wrought havoc in the Middle East a couple of years ago were. As it turns out, Flame and Stuxnet and Duqu have quite a bit in common. Kasperky Labs has now had a chance to dissect Flame, and they have discovered strong evidence that the teams who developed Flame and Stuxnet worked together. (Previously, they determined that Stuxnet and Duqu were built on the same platform, called... Read more...
Security researchers at Symantec have uncovered details about the Stuxnet worm that indicate it was aimed at nuclear facilities in Iran. As the analysis of Stuxnet continues, the world's first worm for industrial systems clearly emerges one of the most complex malware programs ever devised. To that end, Symantec's rival, Trend Micro, has released a free tool that will help all Windows network users scan their PCs and servers for Stuxnet infections. Symantec's conclusions are fascinating. As we learned earlier, "The ultimate goal of Stuxnet is to sabotage [the] facility by reprogramming programmable... Read more...