Everywhere malwares and viruses are increasing day by day. But I was not aware about the damage which a virus can create. Today I read news about the virus Stuxnet. Stuxnet is also known as world’s “First Cyber Superweapon”. It is infecting millions of computer systems across the world. Recently China has been the latest target of this dangerous virus.
What exactly Stuxnet is?
Stuxnet is a computer worm, it is a piece of malicious software which copies itself and sends itself to other computers in the network. It can cause severe damage to all the computer system by jail breaking into the sensitive information.
What Stuxnet Can Do?
Stuxnet is capable of breaking into computers that control machinery in the heart of industry. It allows attacker to assume control of critical systems like pumps, motors, alarms, and valves. Apart from this, it can explode factory boilers, destroy gas pipelines, or even cause a nuclear power plant to malfunction.
What is the Purpose of Stuxnet?
This malware (virus) is specially designed to weaken plants and damage industrial systems, instead of stealing personal data. It can penetrate factory computers, which would damage the country’s national security.
According to china information, till now this virus doesn’t seem to cause any severe damage, quoted by global times.
I have never ever imagined about such a high-level damaging virus. We should be aware of it.
Is India is the next target of Stuxnet?