22 Nov 2010

Stuxnet one of most dangerous malware threats ever, experts say

According to the recent testimony of several internet security experts at Capitol Hill, the Stuxnet malware is one of the biggest ever threats to cyber security.

The Stuxnet malware infects computers through their USB drives through compromised flash drives. The malware has been responsible for security attacks around the world. Most notably, Stuxnet infiltrated a nuclear facility in Iran and the industrial automation systems at Siemens.

Internet security expert Dean Turner called Stuxnet "one of the most complex threats we have analyzed to date."

"Stuxnet is of such complexity, requiring significant resources to develop, that only a select few attackers are capable of producing such a threat,” he added.

Sean McGurk, the acting director of the DHS’ National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, concurred. "To use a very over-used term, it's a game-changer," he said.

According to an internet security firm, there have been 44,000 unique Stuxnet infections worldwide and 1,600 in the U.S.

Soon, Stuxnet might not be alone as the world’s worst malware. According to experts, the malware might soon have variants aimed at targeting critical government infrastructures.