During the last months on of the most popular topic among security experts became Stuxnet family of threats. Stuxnet is a computer worm that is famous for its ability not only to infect computers and different servers but also to break into computers that control machinery such as industrial plants, etc. Infiltrating into this kind of systems is not an easy task. However, Stuxnet uses four vulnerabilities that allow remote hacker to eject malicious code into programmable controller.
Stuxnet can easily infect other computers using removable media drives. It automatically executes malware using shortcut files placed on USB drives. So the malware is run simply by using application that displays shortcut icons. It means that Stuxnet will infect any removable media attached to the computer. This kind of technique also enables the worm to install additional components into targeted system.
In order to protect your system from Stuxnet worm, you computer should have all the latest updates and run an updated security tool. It is also recommended to check your system with Stuxnet remover which will detect and remove the active infection, find other files made by Stuxnet, detect and remove malicious .lnk and .tmp files stored in removal media. Don’t forget to update it before using it as virus is constantly changing.
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