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Stuxnet worm ushers in new generation of cyber criminal activity

17 October 2010

The stuxnet worm and other similar attacks have kick started a new generation of IT threats, and have put the IT security industry on full alert, an indusry insider has stated. Kevin Isaac, vice president, emerging region, Symantec, said: "Stuxnet is a piece of code with four zero day vulnerabilities built into it, that's the first time we've seen anything like that, it's a very credible and serious threat. This and a few other attacks we've seen around the world are very noteworthy and we need to be paying attention to this." The worm is used to attack SCADA systems within a country's infrastrucure, potentially harming power systems, oil and gas facilities and even traffic lights. "Not only are we seeing cybercriminals attack for money and to take identities, we are also seeing this new threat emerge with cyber warfare and attacks on critical national infrastructure. So I think today more than ever security and the need to protect ourselves on the internet is becoming a national issue."

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