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[MSN]'Son of Stuxnet' virus could be used

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A powerful new computer virus that some are calling the "Son of Stuxnet" has been discovered, and researchers are concerned about its potential for attacking critical infrastructure computers around the world.

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Uh-oh!
(first news post, please let me know if I did it right)
Edited by Sir Shfvingle - 10/18/11 at 3:23pm
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If it's anything like the original, it won't really affect most of us unless it hits the industry really hard.

Cyberwarfare is so interesting but scary at the same time to me.
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Originally Posted by Brutuz;15360062 
If it's anything like the original, it won't really affect most of us unless it hits the industry really hard.

Cyberwarfare is so interesting but scary at the same time to me.

Anything running Siemens Step 7 Engineering software would be affected. Step 7 is used to some extent and was even found at Fukushima.
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Originally Posted by Brutuz;15360062 
If it's anything like the original, it won't really affect most of us unless it hits the industry really hard.

Cyberwarfare is so interesting but scary at the same time to me.
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Originally Posted by 45nm;15360607 
Anything running Siemens Step 7 Engineering software would be affected. Step 7 is used to some extent and was even found at Fukushima.

Not true really, you didn't have to worry about Stuxnet because it was so focused on a particular piece of equipment at a particular facility. Reverse engineering it however can make it less focused, both on equipment and location of equipment.
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Originally Posted by 45nm;15360607 
Anything running Siemens Step 7 Engineering software would be affected. Step 7 is used to some extent and was even found at Fukushima.

That's scary. How many reactors use this software from Siemens? I hope the developers who created the virus realized that it was going to be reverse engineered and could target our systems.
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Nice to see we have Symantec and McAfee working on this.

[/sarcasm]

We are screwed.
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Originally Posted by Finny;15361490 
Nice to see we have Symantec and McAfee working on this.

[/sarcasm]

We are screwed.

...and to think they only found it because someone had a constantly restarting computer. If it were my computer, I would have just reinstalled windows and no one would have ever known.
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Originally Posted by Thereoncewasamaninparis;15364051 
...and to think they only found it because someone had a constantly restarting computer. If it were my computer, I would have just reinstalled windows and no one would have ever known.
It would have just replicated itself onto the fresh OS.... Besides, this is industrial systems. You don't just reinstall OSes at a whim.


Another article: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/10/son-of-stuxnet-in-the-wild/
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Originally Posted by Thereoncewasamaninparis;15361061 
Not true really, you didn't have to worry about Stuxnet because it was so focused on a particular piece of equipment at a particular facility. Reverse engineering it however can make it less focused, both on equipment and location of equipment.

This.

Stuxnet was created to effect a very specific piece of equipment in Iran, however if someone has reverse engineered it (which I doubt, from the last thing I read about Stuxnet I gathered that researchers havent even scratched the surface of its code) then it could potentially be devastating.
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this variant of the virus is not aimed at industrial systems wink.gif

Its just made (maybe) by the same people, all it is looking to be at the moment is a normal (well a well made but easily stopped) rat, sends data out with a custom protocol, with the data being help in a 100X100 jpg encrypted

Due to its supposed custom protocol its now easily stoped, + it has a custom user agent soo no real worry over this thing
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