Stuxnet didn't spread as planned say researchers

Monday - 10/4/2010, 8:30am EDT

The now-famous Stuxnet's internet worm is living long after its creators intended, researchers say. Computerworld reports, the worm's inability to stay hidden until now may be a result of its failure to hit its intended targets. Stuxnet was was designed to infiltrate industrial control programs for factories and process plans. Lauched last year, it was supposed to hit the targets and stop there. That leads researcher Roel Schouwenberg of Kaspersky Labs to believe it missed its target and kept going. Liam Murchu of Symantec agrees Stuxnet was never meant to spread so far. Both bot-hunters say Stuxnet's sophistication indicates it was built by a well financed, highly skilled team.

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