Stuxnet Virus Can Do Much More Harm, Described As A “Game-Changer”

By on Nov 20, 2010 in Software, Technology, United States, World Comments

The Stuxnet virus can do much more harm than destroying Iran‘s nuclear facilities, according to international news sites on Friday. It can damage critical industries worldwide such as water, chemical and power plants, according to the Department of Homeland Security in the United States.

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Sean McGurk, the acting director of Department of Homeland Security‘s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), said that the Stuxnet code can threaten even basic industries. He described Stuxnet in a testimony before a US Senate committee as a “game-changer.” It has “significantly changed the landscape of targeted cyberattacks,” McGurk was quoted saying. “For us, to use a very overused term, it’s a game-changer,” he said.

The Stuxnet virus is a very complex virus. It targets computer control systems made by Siemens which is commonly used to manage oil rigs, power plants, water supplies and other critical services. It uses a range of techniques to infect machines and spread through networks.

According to Dean Turner, director of the Global Intelligence Network at Symantec Corp., the “implications of Stuxnet are beyond any threat we have seen in the past.”

According to reports, the Stuxnet virus already infected as many as 1,600 computers in the United States.

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