By Deane Barker on October 19, 2011

New Malicious Program by Creators of Stuxnet Is Suspected: The creators of Stuxnet may be at it again.

The researchers say the new malicious program, which they call Duqu, is intended to steal digital information that may be needed to mount another Stuxnet-like attack.

The researchers, at Symantec, announced the discovery on the company’s Web site on Tuesday, saying they had determined that the new program was written by programmers who must have had access to Stuxnet’s source code, the original programming instructions.

“Duqu’s purpose is to gather intelligence data and assets from entities, such as industrial control system manufacturers, in order to more easily conduct a future attack against another third party,” the Symantec researchers said. “The attackers are looking for information such as design documents that could help them mount a future attack on an industrial control facility.”

This stuff unites the geek and James Bond fan within me.