20 notorious worms, viruses and botnets

The earliest worms and viruses were created for geeky fun and did little harm - oh, how times have changed. Here are 20 worms, viruses and botnets that show the evolution of malware, from Creeper to Flame.

By , CSO |  Security, botnets, malware

Stuxnet

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Discovered in 2010, Stuxnet exploited several critical vulnerabilities in Windows which until then were unknown, including one guaranteeing its execution when inserting an infected USB key into the target system – even if a system's autorun capabilities were disabled, says FortiGuard Labs' Lovet.

From the infected system, Stuxnet was then able to spread into an internal network, until it reached its target: an industrial control system manufacturered by Siemens. In this particular instance, Stuxnet knew the weak point with a specific controller – and most likely intended to destroy or neutralize the industrial system.

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