‘Stuxnet virus used on Iran was 1 of 5 cyberbombs’

Researchers say crippling computer virus unleashed on Iran in 2010 has at least four ‘cousins’

The Stuxnet virus that last year damaged Iran’s nuclear program was likely one of at least five cyber weapons developed on a single platform whose roots trace back to 2007, according to new research from Russian computer security firm Kaspersky Lab.

Security experts widely believe that the United States and Israel were behind Stuxnet, though the two nations have officially declined to comment on the matter.

A Pentagon spokesman on Wednesday declined comment on Kaspersky’s research, which did not address who was behind Stuxnet.

Stuxnet has already been linked to another virus, the Duqu data-stealing trojan, but Kaspersky’s research suggests the cyber weapons program that targeted Iran may be far more sophisticated than previously known.

Kaspersky’s director of global research & analysis, Costin Raiu, told Reuters on Wednesday that his team has gathered evidence that shows the same platform that was used to build Stuxnet and Duqu was also used to create at least three other pieces of malware.

Raiu said the platform is comprised of a group of compatible software modules designed to fit together, each with different functions. Its developers can build new cyber weapons by simply adding and removing modules.

“It’s like a Lego set. You can assemble the components into anything: a robot or a house or a tank,” he said.

Kaspersky named the platform “Tilded” because many of the files in Duqu and Stuxnet have names beginning with the tilde symbol “~” and the letter “d.”

‘Fairly certain’ that malware existed

Researchers with Kaspersky have not found any new types of malware built on the Tilded platform, Raiu said, but they are fairly certain that they exist because shared components of Stuxnet and Duqu appear to be searching for their kin.

When a machine becomes infected with Duqu or Stuxnet, the shared components on the platform search for two unique registry keys on the PC linked to Duqu and Stuxnet that are then used to load the main piece of malware onto the computer, he said.

Kaspersky recently discovered new shared components that search for at least three other unique registry keys, which suggests that the developers of Stuxnet and Duqu also built at least three other pieces of malware using the same platform, he added.

Those modules handle tasks including delivering the malware to a PC, installing it, communicating with its operators, stealing data and replicating itself.

Makers of anti-virus software including Kaspersky, US firm Symantec Corp and Japan’s Trend Micro Inc have already incorporated technology into their products to protect computers from getting infected with Stuxnet and Duqu.

Yet it would be relatively easy for the developers of those highly sophisticated viruses to create other weapons that can evade detection by those anti-virus programs by the modules in the Tilded platform, he said.

Kaspersky believes that Tilded traces back to at least 2007 because specific code installed by Duqu was compiled from a device running a Windows operating system on August 31, 2007.

  1. #1 by Howard T. Lewis III on 12/30/2011 - 9:34

    It is no joy to see the spoiled rich jesuit kids of Microsoft profiting from this insanity. I knew some of these guys and this is exactly what is happening. They seemed to show such good natured promise.

  2. #2 by 30.06 on 12/30/2011 - 9:34

  3. #3 by restinpieces on 12/30/2011 - 9:34

    I can’t believe you did not get a Christmas card from anybody in the Jewish community.

  4. #4 by Adalberto Erazo on 12/31/2011 - 9:34

    When Mordechai Vanunu converted to Christianity the IsraHellis gave him an additional 11 years behind solitary confinement. Under jewish law any jew who leaves the jewish faith and especially converts to Christianity is marked for death. Please correct me if I am wrong. Vanunu should have been hailed as a hero for revealing to the whole world what everyone secretly knew/know that IsraHell has nukes but nothing is done against the demonic entity.

  5. #5 by Kermit on 12/31/2011 - 9:34

    Stuxnet is probably meant to attack everyone, as the Iranian nuclear bomb issue is a hoax.

    They don’t care about us (both versions uncensored)

    Only blocked in some 229 countries.

  6. #6 by Ingrid B on 01/01/2012 - 9:34

    Both the US and Israel appear to be focused almost entirely on destruction..

    Just watched Remember Palestine on Press TV. A young, Canadian, independent, internet journalist, Joshua Blakeney, was asked what he thought governments such as his could do to ease the plight of the people of Gaza. He said that he has been researching 9/11 for some time, that there is overwhelming evidence of Israel`s involvement in 9/11, and that it is his opinion that citizens of the US should be made aware of this involvement, so that pressure will be brought to bear on the government. I think many are of the same opinion, the problem being, the US government does NOT bow to pressure, or respect the wishes of it`s citizens, or anyone else`s citizens for that matter, excepting, of course, the “chosen”..

  7. #7 by Isaac on 01/02/2012 - 9:34

    Ingrid B. Thank you for your comment. It is the whole truth and many people outside the United States knew about the Mossad in complicity with Bush did 9/11 long before some Americans knew about it. In 2004 I received an e-mail from a Latin American friend saying that the whole country and many people around it knew that Bush di it. That there were so many pieces of evidence that what the government told us was nothing but lies.
    The fact that more than 400 Jews did not go to work to the twin towers on 9/11, that there were no pieces of any plane at the Pentagon or Pennsylvania and people who know about construction knew that those towers were brought down by controlled demolition. And hundreds of witnesses who testified seeing things contrary to what the government told us.
    It was a Mossad-CIA false flag to make a case for a series of wars in the Middle East and Central Asia for the sole benefit of Israhell.

  8. #8 by Howard T. Lewis III on 01/02/2012 - 9:34

    More like “for the sole benefit of Israel and Israel’s boss”. Israel supplied the mercenaries for 9-11 NYC and the reason behind the preset dmolition system installed during construction. The painters DID NOT KNOW what the primer they applied was meant to do. The electrical engineers would have known of the preset directional charges. All contractors were jewish.A 220 billion money laundering and 5 billion insurance fraud took place during the confusion, along with the theft of a huge amount of gold and the destruction of many multi million and mutitrillion embezzlement investigations.and 3,000 murders.
    The Pentagon crash of an A-3 Skywarrior and Global Hawk cruise missle launched from just offshore near Long Island created the damage. A smoke generator outside the building provided the smoke cloud. Very demented.

  9. #9 by Mark Propheter on 01/02/2012 - 9:34

    To restinpieces
    He didn’t even get a Happy Holidays card!
    They must not really like him! LOL!
    That ok! I wished him a Marry Christmas!
    May the Jewish Community get a lump of
    coal in there Matzo Soup! LOL!
    If not last Hanukkah this one coming up!
    Being as I composed this commentary
    on 01/02/2012
    Santa does not like mean people!
    But then again the Jews surrendered
    themselves to the evil Acronym of
    Santa long time ago!

  10. #10 by Ingrid B on 01/02/2012 - 9:34

    speaking of gold, what happened to Libya`s bullion?

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