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November 3, 2011

Duqu hackers shift operational base to Belgium

Hackers used a server in Belgium to collect data stolen from machines infected with the virus

By CBR Staff Writer

Hackers behind the latest virus, Duqu, have apparently shifted their operations to Belgium after authorities shut down rogue collection system in India.

According to security experts, Duqu hackers used a server in Belgium to collect data stolen from machines infected with the virus.

Ressearchers at Symantec said that they have identified a sample of Duqu that was configured to communicate with a specific server at Combell which is Belgium’s largest Web-hosting company.

Hackers frequently use or lease servers at data centers to manage their malicious activities, without the knowledge of the data center operator.

Duqu hackers have been able to create panic among governments and security experts globally. It is seen as the the next big cyber threat after the Stuxnet virus that was believed to have infected Iran’s nuclear program.

It was two ago that news of Duqu virus first surfaced after researchers at Hungary’s Laboratory of Cryptography and System Security found a computer virus that contained code similar to Stuxnet.

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