Duqu could be the next computer malware like Stuxnet, Symantec warns

By on Oct 19, 2011 in Europe, Internet, Technology, United States, World Comments

Security vendor Symantec announced on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, that there could another computer malware next to Stuxnet, which they called the Duqu.

As noted in the official Symantec blog, a research lab with strong international connections informed them last Friday about the new computer malware that seems to be quite similar with Stuxnet.

According to Symantec, the computer worm was called W32.Duqu because it creates files with the file name prefix ‘~DQ‘, with some of its parts closely identical with Stuxnet, but with a totally different purpose.

Duqu shares a great deal of code with Stuxnet; however, the payload is completely different.” Symantec said on its blog post, emphasizing that the threat does not replicate itself.

“Instead of a payload designed to sabotage an industrial control system, the payload has been replaced with general remote access capabilities.” Symantec added.

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.” Symantec explained further.

The presence of W32.Duqu was said to have been detected and confirmed via samples recovered from computer systems located in Europe recently, along with a detailed report and initial findings.

Symantec also revealed that some of the malware files connected with the W32.Duqu threat were signed with private keys associated with a code signing certificate issued to a Symantec customer.

Apparently, two variants were recovered and one of its driver files was signed with a valid digital certificate that will expire on August 2, 2012, but was revoked last Friday, October 14.

As of this writing, Symantec said that Duqu did not put their system at risk affect, with the certificate in question belonging to a legitimate customer, whose headquarters located in Taipei, Taiwan.



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