Microsoft Windows Bug Connected to Duqu Virus

Microsoft has recently admitted that a security flaw in Microsoft’s Windows operating system has allowed hackers to infect computers with Duqu virus.

Microsoft released a statement saying, “We are working diligently to address this issue and will release a security update for customers.”

According to many tech experts, the Duqu virus discovered back in October by popular Symantec can be a next massive cyber threat. Although, the virus shares many of its code with Stuxnet – a malicious worm that hit Iran’s nuclear program, it is particularly designed to collect data from intelligence corporations and agencies.

The statement released from Microsoft didn’t say much about the current issue, however, Symantec has found that Duqu in first place infecting systems via an infected Microsoft Word Document. The Duqu installs on the system as soon as the document is opened.

Symantec Researcher Kevin Haley said that the virus infected the PC only if the recipient opened the Word document. The virus could likely take hold of the system and make its way into an organization’s network to spread itself and also to hunt for specific data.

Several countries have already confirmed the presence of Duqu virus, such as Sudan, Iran, France, India, Vietnam, Switzerland, Ukraine and Netherlands.

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