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Stuxnet Infection On Over 10,000 Indian Computers: Symantec

According to Symantec the security company, the well-designed worm Stuxnet, free-of-bugs, is gradually creeping inside vital Indian industrial systems. Suggest the company's figures, the malicious program, by now, has disturbed over 10,000 Indian computers that are installed at various petrochemical plants and power houses.

Remarking about these developments, Partner, Information Technology Risk Association, Devendra Parulekar at Ernst &Young stated that the attack was extremely real. Hostile neighbors were surrounding India and future terrorist strikes could take place via Stuxnet, he added. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com reported this on December 23, 2010.

Said Vice-President Shantanu Ghosh for Symantec's India product operations, the Stuxnet was an unprecedented PC virus that infected real-world apparatus as also was spotted within about 100,000 computers worldwide. India was the 3rd biggest contaminated country following Iran and Indonesia, he added. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com reported this.

Ghosh further said that the Stuxnet-affected computers actually connected with servers in Denmark and Malaysia. According to him, although it could be emphatically said that there were contaminated systems in India, the affected installations' names couldn't be specified considering the sensitivity of the problem.

Worryingly, Kaspersky Labs another security company too supports the latest disclosure of Symantec of India.

Chief Security Specialist Alexander Gostev at Kaspersky Lab, who posted data during October 2010, indicated that India was the country to be most infected with Stuxnet.

The data revealed that the total number of computers contaminated with Stuxnet caused concern. Ever-since the first spotting of Stuxnet during July 2010, the total count of contaminations in India during the initial 5 days exceeded 8,500, while in Indonesia it was slightly more than 5,000 and in Iran just over 3,000, the 3 most Stuxnet-infected countries.

Nevertheless according to Kaspersky's data published during September 2010, India had the problem raging even then, as the country topped the list while reporting more than 8,000 infections followed with Indonesia at 3,000, while within Iran, they dropped to 765.

Furthermore, the two companies unanimously forecasted that attacks via Stuxnet would keep on rising during 2011. Hence, they suggest Indian industrial units as also those worldwide towards deploying appropriate security systems to remain safeguarded against the refined virus.

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