October 19, 2011
A highly sophisticated computer worm which has many of the same characteristics of the virus used to attack Iran’s nuclear programme has been discovered targeting companies in Europe.
Although the virus appears to have been spying on the systems it infiltrates – rather than attempting to vandalise them – experts say its code is so similar to the Stuxnet worm that attacked Iran, that it may have been engineered by the same people.
The US and Israel were widely thought to be behind Stuxnet, which sent many of the centrifigues at Tehran’s nuclear facilities spinning out of control. It took this kind of cyberwarfare to a new level.
The new virus was discovered by Symantec, a leading cybersecurity firm, and has been called Duqu.