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November 1, 2011

Hackers exploit Microsoft Windows OS with Duqu virus

Duqu virus has the similar source code as Stuxnet, says Symantec researchers

By CBR Staff Writer

Microsoft said its Windows operating system was exploited by hackers to infect computers with the Duqu virus that appears to exploit at least one Windows kernel zero day vulnerability.

Microsoft said in statement that they are working diligently to address this issue and will release a security update for customers.

Users have been instructed to stay vigilant and not open suspicious files attached to emails, as there are currently no workarounds that users can follow to prevent getting infected by Duqu.

Early analysis suggests that sophisticated hackers have developed the Duqu virus to help lay the groundwork for attacks on critical infrastructure such as oil refineries and pipelines, and power plants, reports Reuters.

According to Symantec researchers, the virus was sent by hackers to targeted victims via emails as an attachment having tainted word document.

The researchers added that the source code used in the Duqu virus is similar to Stuxnet, a piece of malicious software believed to have affected Iran’s nuclear programme earlier this year.

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