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Originally posted by oozyism
reply to post by Jason88
Is this a physical virus, programmed to read computer instructions, making it software?
If it doesn't need internet, that means it must be physical, right?
Malware based on the infamous Stuxnet, widely considered one of the world's most sophisticated viruses, has been discovered by computer scientists.
In a highly detailed report, Symantec says the malware, christened Duqu, (because it creates files with the file name prefix "~DQ") was uncovered in an organization based in Europe. "Our telemetry shows the threat has been highly targeted toward a limited number of organizations for their specific assets. However, it's possible that other attacks are being conducted against other organizations in a similar manner with currently undetected variants," the report says. Stuxnet was a ground-breaking virus that delivered a highly-specific payload attacking control systems.
Those control systems were found in Iranian nuclear processing plants. Greg Day, Security CTO at Symantec EMEA, says the attack was of a similar level of sophistication to Stuxnet and shared a lot of the same code.
"It is either the author of Stuxnet or the author has shared it with someone else. You can get hold of an executable file and try and reverse engineer it. But when we look at it, it is not a copy, most of it is a like-for-like match which suggests they had the source code."
Duqu is not a worm, says Mr. Day. It doesn't spread from machine to machine. "It has been specifically targeted at systems with the goal of getting in, compromising them, and then exfiltrating information."