Hackers Release Fake Stuxnet Removal Tools
The Stuxnet worm has garnered worldwide attention, and now hackers are trying to capitalize on the widespread fear by releasing removal tools that actually contain malware.
Discovered this summer, Stuxnet is a piece of malware that primarily targets industrial control systems, such as the one running Iran's Bushehr nuclear power facility, which was hit by the worm in early October.
An Oct. 15 Symantec blog post read: Because Stuxnet is such major news, the miscreants who like to spread malware are not wasting much time taking advantage of this for their malicious activities.
The removal tool, according to Symantec experts, is labeled Microsoft Stuxnet Cleaner, and even comes with a fictitious copyright from Microsoft.
Symantec strongly suggests users avoid clicking on any link offering a free Stuxnet removal program.