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Malware Mischief with Duqu

Reports that Duqu might be just an information-gatherer make the worm seem benign. What Duqu does with that information might be of more concern, so catching and stopping it from striking might require more attention than Microsoft or anyone else seems to be giving it.

The thing is, a Symantec report believes its intelligence gathering targets industrial controls, which is not your run-of-the-mill hack to mess with your FIG files or rewrite hard drive data. Rather, at some point that information might be used to disrupt or even take over operations at your local water district, utility or nuclear facility. Not that I'm panicking just yet, but that's what is running through my mind as I read on about it more. Am I just being alarmist?

Microsoft has been concerned enough to issue a work-around for some of its software, but that temporary fix already is driving some graphics cards bonkers. A fix is not included in the latest November patch cycle, but may come at a later time.

Posted by Michael Domingo on 11/10/2011 at 11:59 AM

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