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Stuxnet, Duqu Date Back To 2007, Researcher Says
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Henry Hertz Hobbit
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Henry Hertz Hobbit,
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12/31/2011 | 4:20:33 AM
re: Stuxnet, Duqu Date Back To 2007, Researcher Says
Similarity alone does not indicate causality. I doubt that I am the only person who has excised the walk-down out of the heap sort and embedded the code for doing the walk-down within the sort itself for more speed. In that case the goal itself forces the similarity. When the devices targeted are the same that can also lead to similar code. In addition to that there is some copy-cat going on in code creation. That is especially true for malware where copyright violation would never be contested. I can see all kinds of options here but if the coders are the same, then that may indicate they were working by the behest of some government on Stuxnet but are doing Duqu on their own. How likely is that? It is more likely that who ever is coding Duqu is just a copy-cat of Stuxnet, and the Stuxnet coders in turn merged the works of several other people or groups of people. You really have to look at the intended targets as one more factor to try to deduce who created the code. In any case, Stuxnet should not have been created, especially if it was done for or by one or more governments. Things like that just lead to a downward spiral once others start to copy them.
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12/30/2011 | 6:24:23 PM
re: Stuxnet, Duqu Date Back To 2007, Researcher Says
Very interesting. The plot thickens. Due to the nature of Duqu's targets, it doesn't come as a surprise that it turns out to be connected to Stuxnet.
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