November 14, 2011
Iran Develops Software To Control Duqu Virus
Iran said on Sunday that it found a way to "control" the computer malware Duqu, which is similar to Stuxnet virus that attacked its nuclear program in 2010 and infected over 30,000 computers.
"The software to control the (Duqu) virus has been developed and made available to organizations and corporations" in Iran, head of civil defense Brigadier General Gholamreza Jalali told the official IRNA news agency."The elimination (process) was carried out and the organizations penetrated by the virus are under control ... The cyber defense unit works day and night to combat cyber attacks and spy (computer) virus," he added.
Symantec, a U.S. computer security firm, said in October (http://new.www.redorbit.com/news/technology/1112405020/symantec-claims-new-virus-preyed-on-irans-nuclear-program/index.html) that Duqu infections have been reported in a dozen countries, including Iran, France, Britain and India.
Microsoft said the virus takes advantage of a previously unknown vulnerability in Windows font-parsing engine to plant malicious code in the heart of a computer system.
Similarities between the Duqu and Stuxnet viruses have prompted speculation that the same culprits might be involved.
Duqu is similar to Stuxnet in that they are both designed to gather intelligence for future attacks on industrial control systems.
Stuxnet was designed to attack computer control systems made by German industrial giant Siemens and commonly used to manage water supplies, oil rigs, power plants and other infrastructures.