Stuxnet virus hits China

05/10/2010

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A worm virus so powerful it is widely regarded to be the world's first cyber weapon, has hit millions of computers in China.

According to the official news agency of Xinhua, six million personal accounts along with almost one thousand business accounts have been affected all across the superpower.

However, the China Information Technology Security Evaluation Centre has tried to discredit the claims, saying the malware did not manage to cause any significant harm.

While the source of the virus and its objective is not fully understood, the threat appears to be focused on operating systems which host infrastructure of the highest security.

Researchers have also recently reported finding the malware in India and Pakistan on Siemens operating systems.

Due to the unique nature and sophisticated behaviour of Stuxnet, it is believed the worm could be backed by a country and its government. ADNFCR-2575-ID-19943655-ADNFCR