Duqu Reported as Precursor to a Future Stuxnet-Like Attack

By CircleID Reporter

Virus researchers at Symantec Corp. have revealed a variant of the Stuxnet worm, named Duqu, that is found to be stealing information about industrial control systems. Symantec reports: "Duqu's purpose is to gather intelligence data and assets from entities, such as industrial control system manufacturers, in order to more easily conduct a future attack against another third party. The attackers are looking for information such as design documents that could help them mount a future attack on an industrial control facility… Parts of Duqu are nearly identical to Stuxnet, but with a completely different purpose."

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