Stuxnet cyberweapon looks to be one on a production line, researchers say
By: Mark Clayton, The Christian Science Monitor
Somewhere in the world, the creators of the Stuxnet worm
are involved in a cyberweapon manufacturing operation that can pump out
supersophisticated malicious software tweaked for specific missions,
new targets, and detection evasion.
Stuxnet, the first military-grade cyberweapon known to the world, has been called a digital missile and a cyber-Hiroshima
bomb. But it was not a one-shot blast, new research shows. Rather,
Stuxnet is part of a bigger cyberweapons system – a software platform,
or framework – that can modify already-operational malicious software,
researchers at two leading antivirus companies told the Monitor.
platform appears to be able to fire and reload – again and again – to
recalibrate for different targets and to bolt on different payloads, but
with minimal added cost and effort, say researchers at Kaspersky Labs and at Symantec.