Stuxnet, Duqu Take Malware to Next Level of Cyberwarfare

Call them digital ninjas.

Hackers have created a new cyber-superweapon designed to gather information that would enable a future attack, Symantec reports. The new computer virus, called Duqu (dyü-kyü), resembles code in Stuxnet, a highly sophisticated worm that was discovered last year.

These viruses pose a significant threat to international diplomacy, and they present unique  challenges for security professionals.

They take cyberwarfare to a new level: Stuxnet can be used to destroy parts of any nation’s infrastructure, though it was designed to target industrial control facilities. Duqu, in effect, executes a reconnaissance mission by collecting design documents from an entity—critical industrial infrastructure components such as SCADA systems—to facilitate a future attack.

Owners and operators of critical infrastructure are on high alert from the Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team.

It's naïve to think we’re immune to these advanced cyberthreats, even with many layers of protection.