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Stuxnet virus existed 2 years prior to attacks

Stuxnet virus existed 2 years prior to attacks

Researchers from Symantec have uncovered more information about Stuxnet, the virus that was used to damage Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities back in 2007. The Stuxnet virus was speculated to be created solely to damage the nuclear plants in Iran. In an 18-page report by Symantec, it turns out that the existence of Stuxnet dates back to 2005. The virus was called Stuxnet 0.5 at the time, but there isn't any word yet on whether or not this version of the virus was used to do any damage.

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Stuxnet virus origin confirmed: USA and Isreali governments

Stuxnet virus origin confirmed: USA and Isreali governments

This week it has been confirmed that the computer virus known as Stuxnet which spread accidentally across the global internet in 2010 was created originally by the governments of the United States and Israel to attack Iran's nuclear facilities. The worm was originally created to sabotage and shake apart Iran's nuclear program, and was part of a larger program code-named "Olympic Games." This virus became public after what's assumed to have been a rogue laptop transported the virus out to the global web.

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Vital infrastructure a cyber-terrorism timebomb EU warns

Vital infrastructure a cyber-terrorism timebomb EU warns

Vital control systems used by energy, water, and transportation are ill-prepared to cope with online terrorism and hacking threats, the EU's cyber security agency has warned, blaming patchy and inconsistent testing for what could be a potential infrastructure disaster. Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are "often outdated" ENISA points out, while their expected lifespan of 20 years or more fails to incorporate the sort of security features essential to withstand cyber-terrorism attacks.

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Offshore oil rigs suffer from malware attacks

Offshore oil rigs suffer from malware attacks

Several offshore oil rigs have been infected with malware accidentally downloaded from its workers’ personal computers. The malware seems to be originating from pirated videos and music that has been downloaded through the satellite connections used by the rigs, as well as pirated material that were already existing on the workers' computers. These malware attacks shed light on several security gaps that could lead to serious dangers, from well blowouts to fatalities.

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Iranian Internet disrupted by cyber attacks

Iranian Internet disrupted by cyber attacks

Officials in Iran have been busy over the last few months setting up the country's new national information network. Once that information network was set up, Iran moved to block certain Internet services such as YouTube and Google search. Iran later said that it accidentally blocked access to Google Gmail at the same time.

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Gauss malware eats banking details: Flame just got hotter

Gauss malware eats banking details: Flame just got hotter

A new "cyber-espionage" toolkit that can track browser passwords, online banking credentials, cookies and other personal data has been identified in the wild, security researchers have announced. "Gauss" has until now been targeting users in the Middle-East, Kapersky Lab reports, exploiting previously-unseen loopholes and capable of stealing data from banks including Citibank, PayPal and Bank of Beirut. Somewhat bizarrely - and still unexplained - it also installs a special font on the victim's machine.

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Step up your cyber warfare experts urge UK government

Step up your cyber warfare experts urge UK government

The UK government needs to step up with more aggressive cyber-attack retaliation, a committee established to develop guidelines for how responses to hack attempts should be handled has insisted. The joint Intelligence and Security Committee argues the UK government's security agencies should push ahead with "interfering with the systems of those trying to hack into UK networks," with protecting the "interests of UK national security" taking priority over any potential backlash.

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Flame malware developed by US, Israel to slow Iranian nuclear efforts

Flame malware developed by US, Israel to slow Iranian nuclear efforts

It turns out that the massive Flame malware attack last month was a sophisticated computer virus developed by the US and Israel in an effort to sabotage Iran's nuclear program. Citing unnamed Western officials with knowledge of the effort, the Washington Post reported that the attack involved the National Security Agency, the CIA, and Israel's military as well as the use of the infamous Stuxnet virus.

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Iranian oil industry battled complex Flame virus last month

Iranian oil industry battled complex Flame virus last month

The Iranian oil industry reported that last month computer technicians battled a complicated computer virus. According to Iranian officials, the virus launched a data siphoning attack on key oil industry networks. To fight the complicated virus officials cut Internet links between the Iranian Oil Ministry, oil rigs, and the hub for the country's crude oil exports.

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We have a Flame malware fix claims Iranian government

We have a Flame malware fix claims Iranian government

Iran's government claims to have developed an anti-virus program that can detect and remove the Flame malware, promising to release the tool to any Iranian company or organization who requests it. Identified recently, though believed to have been in the wild and syphoning data from computers across the middle east since early 2010, Flame is suspected to be the cyber-espionage tool of a foreign government. Although the full complexity of the malware is yet to be explored, security researchers already believe it is significantly more complex than other recent infections such as Stuxnet.

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