WHEN the Stuxnet virus was first detected back in June 2010, its true purpose was unknown.
Security experts were only able to confirm that it was a Windows worm that spread via USB sticks and once inside an organization, it could also spread by copying itself to network shares if they had weak passwords.
F-Secure’s Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen has recently explained why security companies have failed to catch malware like Duqu, Stuxnet and Flame before they became widely known.
In an article written for Wired, Hypponen admitted that the antivirus industry had failed because it couldn’t see that Flame, which had been in their possession since 2010, could pose a serious threat.
With all the attention on the Flame malware, there's a great post over at Wired by F-Secure's Chief Research Officer, Mikko Hypponen, explaining why various security firms totally missed Flame (and Stuxnet and DuQu) for quite some time -- despite samples having been sent all the way back to 2010. What's refreshing (even as it's surprising) is to see someone so forthright about this being a failure on his part:
The controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has been praised by F-Secure's chief researcher officer Mikko Hypponen, who argues it will aid law enforcement in the ongoing war against cyber criminals.
Hypponen, who has advised numerous law enforcement and government agencies on cyber policy and defence, told V3 CISPA is a move in the right direction. The bill is the antithesis of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) bills and will help fight cyber crime, he said.
"LulzSec Reborn" surfaced this week with a new collection of hacks. F-Secure's Chief Research Office Mikko Hypponen strongly doubts this is the same group, as does the company's Security Advisor, Sean Sullivan.