NBC news is reporting that a former Pentagon general may have leaked information about the creation of the Stuxnet malware to the media.
In a report, NBC names Retired Marine Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as the target of a Justice Department investigation. NBC notes that "Gen. Cartwright, 63, becomes the latest individual targeted over alleged leaks by the Obama administration, which has already prosecuted or charged eight individuals under the Espionage Act." Cartwright was "a four-star general who was vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs from 2007 to 2011, conceived and ran the cyber operation, called Olympic Games, under Presidents Bush and Obama."Read More
A new data wiping malware is targeting Iranian computers networks, according to an alert from that country's Computer Emergency Response Team.
Known as Batchwiper, because the destructive element is found within a batch file, the malware systematically wipes data found on Windows-based drives with letters D through I. AlienVault has detailed analysis of Batchwiper's installation and payload.Read More
Chevron is the first US company to acknowledge being hit with the Stuxnet malware.
Last Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Chevron found the virus in July 2010, shortly after it was made public with infections in the middle east. The Journal said the malware "appears to be the result of the unintentional (and perhaps, inevitable) release of malware upon a larger network, much like an experimental virus escaping from a medical lab."Read More