Computer virusDuqu’s Origin:
In October, a new, highly-sophisticated virus, named “Duqu” began to appear in the cyber world. Discovered by the Symantec Corporation, this mysterious computer virus had a code similar to the Stuxnet virus; held responsible for wreaking havoc on Iran’s nuclear program.

With various government and private agencies worldwide sprinting forward to unlock the secret of the virus; suggested the virus was a brainchild of sophisticated hackers looking forth to mount attacks on critical infrastructure such as power plants, oil refineries and pipelines.

Feats of Duqu:
The Duqu virus targets victims via an email with a Microsoft Word attachment. According to a Symantec researcher, the virus found in the email but not the attachment ends up taking control of the computer. If unchecked, it can proliferate in the network and seriously end up threatening the privacy of a computer system.

Quite similar to Stuxnet virus, Duqu instead of destroying systems infects them through penetration, resulting in creation of “back door” vulnerabilities. And if that’s not enough, the Duqu attacker also has the ability to “install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

After-effects of the attack:
India bolts server linked to Duqu computer virus:
According to a recent report, Indian authorities initialized an investigation of a computer server in Mumbai for links to the Duqu malicious software, which some security experts warned could be the next big cyber menace.

Web Werks, a Mumbai-based Web-hosting company, ended up giving an image of the suspicious virtual private server to officials from the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In). A step taken after the security firm Symantec Corporation latched on to a server communicating with computers infected with the Duqu virus.

As informed by an employee of Web Werks, officials from India’s Information Technology Department seized two hard drives and various other parts of the server from their company.

Answering the attack:
Microsoft has reacted to reports of the Duqu Trojan virus, admitting that it even though it doesn’t have a patch yet, but it is working around to mitigate its affect on Windows. To this effect, Microsoft has issued a temporary fix for the malignant Duqu virus — also known as “Son of Stuxnet” — which could affect users of Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 as well as Windows Server 2008. Further, the company added it is also working on a “high-quality security updates to address the culprit ‘Duqu’ ”.

The IT experts encourage customers to either apply the workaround or ensure updated signatures from their anti-malware vendor based on the information provided by the Microsoft. With the best and unparalleled anti-malware solution, various premier organizations like PCCare247 provide the best online technical support and protection of the computer systems from such malicious viruses.

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