SYRACUSE, N.Y., October 8, 2010 ? Stuxnet, the most sophisticated piece of malware ever, highlights the dangers of malware. Stuxnet’s method of infection and the likelihood of imitation put everyone’s Internet security at risk. RESCUECOM’s computer support experts explain what you need to know about Stuxnet, Internet security, and protecting yourself.
Most malware targets an individual’s Internet security, but Stuxnet worked on a much larger scale. Stuxnet targeted industrial computers, intent on compromising their Internet security and taking control of them. “It’s larger and more sophisticated than most other pieces of malware,” says RESCUECOM CEO David Milman.
Stuxnet exploited four Zero Day vulnerabilities – unpatched Internet security weaknesses. “One such weakness,” says Milman, “can be dangerous. Four is an Internet security and computer support nightmare.” Exploiting four Internet security vulnerabilities allowed Stuxnet to remain active even if one hole was patched.
Stuxnet was spread through an infected USB drive and was designed to only infect three computers and then delete itself. Most malware developers produce so many programs, they often don’t worry much about getting caught. Stuxnet’s developers focused on bypassing Internet security and avoiding detection by computer support staff.
The risk of imitation and more cautious malware developers are reasons to worry. Milman offers these suggestions for keeping your Internet security intact.
• Use care with USB drives -This has become a more common malware deployment method. If you don’t have first hand knowledge of the contents of a USB drive, don’t put it into your computer.
• Consider your exposure – Stuxnet targeted industrial and manufacturing systems. If you work in these fields, always consider yourself more of a target and be more proactive about your Internet security.
Update and patch regularly – The developers of Stuxnet exploited Zero Day vulnerabilities. However, malware also targets long standing weaknesses as well. Update your Internet security programs daily, and install all patches released for any software on your system.
• Use computer support – If your computer does become infected, ensure your future safety by seeking out professional computer support. Stuxnet was designed to reinstall itself even after cleaning, which is not uncommon among malware programs. Utilize professional computer support to clean your system completely.
• Stay informed – Stuxnet was first reported months ago. Keep yourself informed of new threats and dangers. This will increase the chances you’ll catch a problem early and safe yourself time and money spent on computer support.
Being mindful of the lessons of Stuxnet can help keep your Internet security intact and avoid computer repair problems in the future.
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Josh Kaplan, President of RESCUECOM