New evidence shows Stuxnet used since at least 2007

Researchers find older Stuxnet version with different centrifuge sabotage method

By Lucian Constantin, IDG News Service |  Security

This version of the malware far surpasses the sophistication of any malicious program that existed in 2005, when the C&C domains were registered, or 2007, when a sample was uploaded to a public malware-scanning service, Thakur said. "The mere fact of it being able to do the kind of harm to hardware as it is designed to do is simply breathtaking."

"The people behind this were very, very forward looking; very focused in what their end goal was," Thakur said. "Nobody else was even close to doing what they did at that same point in time, as far as we know."

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