Monthly Archives: October 2011

Stuxnet worm slithers into China, heralds alien invasion

Analysis The infamous Stuxnet worm has reportedly begun spreading in China. The worm, which targets supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, has infected “millions of computers” across the country, AFP reports. Local anti-virus outfit Rising International told the official Xinhua news agency that six million individuals and nearly 1,000 corporate accounts across China had been infected […]

New theory: Stuxnet was actually created by … China?

Darned compelling, and darned depressing. Not only because it snatches away our vicarious pride in U.S./Israeli ingenuity, but it feeds into western jitters about Chinese omnicompetence. Why, I’ll bet it was those Shanghai teens who cooked this thing up. During recess. The circumstantial evidence is impressive. Just one question: Why would China do it? China has an intimate […]

A precursor to the next Stuxnet discovered

A precursor to the next Stuxnet discovered Symantec reports the discovery of a sample malware that appeared to be very similar to Stuxnet, the malware which wreaked havoc in Iran’s nuclear centrifuge farms last summer; the new malware — dubbed Duqu — is essentially the precursor to a future Stuxnet-like attack; the threat was written […]

Exclusive: Computer Virus Hits U.S. Drone Fleet

By Noah Shachtman A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other warzones. The virus, first detected nearly two weeks ago by the military’s Host-Based Security System, has not prevented pilots at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada from flying […]