Microsoft launches protection against Duqu

Microsoft has launched a security update designed to deal with the threat posed by Duqu, the so-called ‘Son of Stuxnet’ virus that has raised fresh concerns about cyber-espionage and sabotage.

Duqu is a comprehensive virus that allows its controller to gain near total control over users’ computers: adding new programs; deleting files; and setting up entirely new user accounts with full access to the entire system. The wide-ranging abilities of Duqu mean that it is one of the most dangerous viruses to be detected for years.

Certain characteristics of Duqu’s build suggest that it is either a direct descendant of Stuxnet, or was created by someone who has intimate knowledge of Stuxnet. Either way, Microsoft’s update is a step towards dealing with the problem, though it’s arguably not the final solution.

About Michael Burrows

Michael Burrows is a freelance TV journalist and writer, public relations manager, and MA Creative Writing student. He lives in Bristol and his hobbies include windsurfing, kayaking and microwaving bad food.


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