MANILA, Philippines – A security software firm is urging programmers to help fight the Duqu malware, which sneaks into computers by hiding in documents such as Microsoft Word files.
Kaspersky Lab made the statement as the malicious program may begin to affect newly industrialized countries in Asia, including the Philippines.
It could be noted that the Philippines has become a major hub for IT outsourcing services.
“The spread of Duqu in the Philippines could have dire effects on its multibillion-dollar outsourcing business,” Kaspersky Lab said in a statement.
Duqu, which Kaspersky Lab described as “a sophisticated Trojan,” is said to be created by the same people behind the infamous Stuxnet worm. Its main purpose is to steal information from different entities.
Computers in Iran, France, Britain and India are said to have been infected by the malicious software.
Kaspersky Lab chief security officer Alexander Gostev noted that Duqu is using “either a totally new or an unknown programming language,” unlike most malware which were developed by C++ and other traditional programming languages.
“Given the size of the Duqu project, it’s impossible that an entirely different team was responsible for creating the Duqu framework,” he said.