Stuxnet Worm May Be Quietly Making Way Into India

Almost a couple of weeks back we told you about the possibility of Iran being infected by the Stuxnet worm after Iran’s ¬†President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad acknowledged that the Stuxnet worm could actually penetrate Iran’s nuclear facility. Well, now it looks like India is under threat from the Stuxnet worm. Internet Security Giant, Symantec has said that this Windows-specific computer worm – Stuxnet has already affected more than 10,000 Indian systems, across power units and petrochemical plants.

The actual threat to India is in the fact that the country is surrounded by hostile neighbours and tomorrow’s terror attacks could be through Stuxnet. India currently holds the third position after Iran and Indonesia among other countries which are severely affected by this computer Worm.

Shantanu Ghosh – vice-president of product operations at Symantec India has said that the Stuxnet-infected machines contact servers in Malaysia and Denmark. However he did not reveal the names of the Indian installations affected by the Stuxnet worm, in public. Symantec’s latest 2010 Critical Infrastructure Protection survey reports that almost 57% of ¬† the companies in India are either not aware of such worms or do not have protection against the infestation of these computer worms.

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