By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
July 17, 2010
Siemens is warning customers of a new and highly sophisticated virus
that targets the computers used to manage large-scale industrial control
systems used by manufacturing and utility companies.
Siemens learned about the issue on July 14, Siemens Industry spokesman
Michael Krampe said in an e-mail message Friday. "The company
immediately assembled a team of experts to evaluate the situation.
Siemens is taking all precautions to alert its customers to the
potential risks of this virus," he said.
Security experts believe the virus appears to be the kind of threat they
have worried about for years -- malicious software designed to
infiltrate the systems used to run factories and parts of the critical
Some have worried that this type of virus could be used to take control
of those systems, to disrupt operations or trigger a major accident, but
experts say an early analysis of the code suggests it was probably
designed to steal secrets from manufacturing plants and other industrial
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