Stuxnet Variant Duqu Lurking in the Wild

Security researchers have discovered a new, sophisticated computer virus, termed by many as the "Son of Stuxnet", which they fear, has the ability to cause widespread damage to critical infrastructure computers all across the globe.

Stuxnet, which is called by many as the first ever cyber weapon in human history, was allegedly developed by a group of researchers backed by Israeli defence forces and Mossad. It successfully penetrated into the computer networks in Iran, and caused considerable damage to the country's nuclear research programme.

Security experts are of the view that the new Stuxnet clone was either developed by the creators of the original Stuxnet themselves, or by a group who somehow managed to crack into the source code of the notoriously mysterious virus. Either way, it would have taken some serious talent on the part of the creators of this new worm, dubbed Duqu.

As of now, Duqu only opens a back door to the infected system, thereby allowing the command and control system to do virtually anything it wants to do with the victim system. The command system is located somewhere in India, according to reports.

"The kinds of consequences we could see ... if the computer is told download this file, it will download the file. If the file says shut off this service, and that had an effect on a power plant or a conveyor belt, it would do that," Vikrum Thakur of the security solution provider Symantec said, giving an insight to the potential of this new threat, MSNBC reports.

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