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Duqu-linked server shut down in Mumbai

Indian authorities are investigating the Italian owned virtual private server

Duqu-linked server shut down in Mumbai
Indian authorities have shut down a private server in Mumbai, which was found to have links with the Duqu virus.

Indian authorities have shut down a computer server in Mumbai and are investigating it for links to the Duqu malicious software that many security experts have predicted will be the next Stuxnet, according to Reuters.

Mumbai-based web-hosting company, Web Werks, had given an image of the suspicious virtual private server to officials from the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), after internet security company Symantec found the server was communicating with computers infected with the Duqu virus.

The server was leased to a private company in Milan, Italy, Nikhil Rathi, founder of Web Werks told Reuters.

"This is an unmanaged server. So, you just make it and let the customer access it," he said. "When you hand over a server to a customer, that's it, it's his. He can change his password and do whatever he wants with it."

News of Duqu first surfaced in late October, when Symantec announced they had found a virus with code similar to the Stuxnet virus that affected Iran's nuclear reactors.

Early analysis suggested the virus was developed by sophisticated hackers to help lay the groundwork for attacks on critical infrastructure such as power plants, oil refineries and pipelines.

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