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International Space Station Infected With USB Stick Malware Carried on
Board by Russian Astronauts

Russian security expert Eugene Kaspersky has also told journalists that
the infamous Stuxnet had infected an unnamed Russian nuclear plant and
that in terms of cyber-espionage "all the data is stolen globally... at
least twice."

Kaspersky revealed that Russian astronauts carried a removable device
into space which infected systems on the space station. He did not
elaborate on the impact of the infection on operations of the
International Space Station (ISS).

Kaspersky said he had been told that from time to time there were "virus
epidemics" on the station.

The Russian said this example shows that not being connected to the
internet does not prevent you from being infected. In another example,
Kaspersky revealed that an unnamed Russian nuclear facility, which is
also cut off from the public internet, was infected with the infamous
Stuxnet malware.

Eugene Kaspersky Speaking Press Club, Canbera

Quoting an employee of the plant, Kaspersky said:

"[The staffer said] their nuclear plant network which was disconnected
from the internet ... was badly infected by Stuxnet. So unfortunately
these people who were responsible for offensive technologies, they
recognise cyber weapons as an opportunity."


Stuxnet is one of the most infamous pieces of malware ever created,
though it was never designed to come to the attention of the public.

Never officially confirmed by either government, the widely-held belief
is that Stuxnet was created jointly by the US and Israeli governments to
target and disable the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility in Iran, in a
bid to disrupt the country's development of nuclear weapons.

The malware was introduced to the Natanz facility, which is also
disconnected from the internet, through a USB stick and went on to force
centrifuges to spin out of control and cause physcial damage to the

Stuxnet only became known to the public when an employee of the Natanz
facility took an infected work laptop home and connected to the
internet, with the malware quickly spreading around the globe infecting
millions of PCs.


Kaspersky told the Press Club that creating malware like Stuxnet, Gauss,
Flame and Red October is a highly complex process which would cost up to
$10 million to develop.

Speaking about cyber-crime, Kaspersky said that half of all criminal
malware was written in Chinese, with a third written in Spanish or
Portuguese. Kaspersky added that Russian-based malware was the next most
prevalent threat, but that it was also the most sophisticated.

He also added that Chinese malware authors were not very interested in
security with some adding social media accounts and personal photos on
servers hosting the malware.

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