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Stuxnet Clone Found, Possibly Preparing For Power Plant Attacks
ANI via Yahoo News ^ | 19 Oct 2011 | ANI

Posted on 10/19/2011 3:35:47 AM PDT by edpc

Washington, Oct.19 (ANI): Security researchers have detected a new Trojan, scarily similar to the infamous Stuxnet worm, which could disrupt computers controlling power plants, oil refineries and other critical infrastructure networks.

The Trojan, dubbed "Duqu" by the security firm Symantec, appears, based on its code, to have been written by the same authors as the Stuxnet worm, which last July was used to cripple an Iranian nuclear-fuel processing plant, Fox News reports.

(Excerpt) Read more at in.news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: computers; duqu; iran; middleast; plc; stuxnet; virus
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Stuxnet II: Electric Duqu-loo
1 posted on 10/19/2011 3:35:54 AM PDT by edpc
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To: edpc

LOL!

All your Iranian centrifuges are belong to Mossad.


2 posted on 10/19/2011 3:49:59 AM PDT by TSgt (Legal Disclaimer: Look at my profile at your own risk)
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To: edpc

I hazard a guess that while ‘Count Duqu’ collects info on all SCADA, it only actually attacks if it thinks it’s in a power-station in Iran.


3 posted on 10/19/2011 3:51:07 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: edpc

Neither link is working for me.


4 posted on 10/19/2011 4:00:29 AM PDT by elli1
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To: edpc
Now the link is working. Musta' been a puter hiccup.
5 posted on 10/19/2011 4:03:33 AM PDT by elli1
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To: edpc
Here in Michigan, there has been a series of extraordinary power failures. There has been partial substation failures and outages that have affected large building like schools, retail stores and the like. Typically, these building lose partial power, affecting electronics, lighting, etc. What could cause such an outbreak over such a wide area (SE Michigan). Could it be tied to the Electrical distribution Networks computers? I know someone here knows how Electrical utilities work.

Mike

6 posted on 10/19/2011 4:20:19 AM PDT by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: edpc
One day the homogeneity caused by the Microsoft Windows monopoly will have grave consequences: economic, social and financial.

Like the Dutch tulip market crash, the Irish potato blight, the cotton boll crash, etc., economic systems based on and solely dependent on a single commodity eventually crash with devastating results.

7 posted on 10/19/2011 4:23:20 AM PDT by eCSMaster (Democrats: the Party of NO!)
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8 posted on 10/19/2011 4:28:00 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: MichaelP

No building loses partial power unless it’s a problem within the walls of the school. When power fails at a substation, all power provided by that substation is affected. Only if a building has a generator could it have “partial” power.


10 posted on 10/19/2011 4:34:01 AM PDT by Solson (The Voters stole the election! And the establishment wants it back.)
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To: eCSMaster
Yup, pull the plug on electric or water or drop the internet and watch the crash.

My wife has a business that used to be strictly stand-alone. Now it is highly electrified and internet-connected. Take the power or lose connectivity and business stops! Not a fun prospect at all...

11 posted on 10/19/2011 4:48:56 AM PDT by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: edpc
Link to the Fox News article which has more info.
12 posted on 10/19/2011 4:50:24 AM PDT by upchuck (Rerun: Think you know hardship? Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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What could cause such an outbreak over such a wide area (SE Michigan).

Theft of copper comes to mind. It is Detroit.

13 posted on 10/19/2011 4:59:29 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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>>No building loses partial power unless it’s a problem within the walls of the school.

That is not true. Most schools and commercial/institutional buildings have 3-phase power. It is possible for the utility feed to drop one phase. This will typically cause properly protected 3-phase motors to drop out (kills A/C, fans, etc.), and 1/3 of the lights and power receptacles. That leaves you with 2/3rd of the lights and receptacles, so a lot of things are still operational.


14 posted on 10/19/2011 5:12:21 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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That is what has been happening...

Mike

15 posted on 10/19/2011 5:15:51 AM PDT by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: eCSMaster

Greetings eCSMaster:

My employer’s generating facility is not a MSOS; seriously doubt many are. That aside, Stuxnet is a concern.

Cheers,
OLA


16 posted on 10/19/2011 5:32:25 AM PDT by OneLoyalAmerican (In God I trust, all others provide citations.)
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To: eCSMaster

Homogeneity? You would be hard-pressed to find a Microsoft OS on any controlling system in a power plant. Most high-availability (HA) sites like power plants utilize hardened Linux kernels with very specific instruction libraries for only the programs being used on those systems.

And as a note, Windows is not solely the issue with IT security. MS plugged a lot of holes (and ruffled a lot of feathers) with their new OS kernel by prohibiting direct access without user approval (UAC and DEP, for instance). The issues come into play when users errantly click on approve in this dialog box without knowing what the program is going to do.

It is not the prettiest way to do things, but for what it does, the Windows OS is highly functional if not bloated.


17 posted on 10/19/2011 7:21:10 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: edpc

Whomever wrote this is incompetent. No where in the article does it say WHERE the virus was found or WHERE it might be used.


18 posted on 10/19/2011 7:43:58 AM PDT by pabianice (")
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To: edpc

A Breakin’ 2 reference at 0630...nice!


19 posted on 10/19/2011 7:53:55 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

What can I say? My head is loaded with useless information.


20 posted on 10/19/2011 7:56:40 AM PDT by edpc (Former Normalcy Bias Victim)
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