Kaspersky Labs has moved to protect critical infrastructures from state-sponsored attacks with a new operating system (OS) that it claims is up to the task of taking on high-profile threats like Flame, Stuxnet and Duqu.
Company founder Eugene Kaspersky announced the new OS in a blog post on Tuesday, explaining the venture was a reaction to the growing number of state and criminal cyber-attacks targeting critical infrastructure industries.
"Stuxnet was the ‘first swallow' that signalled a new era of cyber attacks against critical infrastructure has begun," said Kaspersky.
"I mean things like Stuxnet and the subsequent Duqu, Flame and Gauss – malware so complex that it's clear it was developed with the support of nation states.
"It doesn't really matter who's being targeted at present; what matters is that such cyber-weapons are being developed and deployed at all. Once Pandora's Box is open, there's no way of getting it closed again."
Kaspersky revealed that work on the project, codenamed 11.11, began 10 years ago and is designed to help stop a successful attack on critical infrastructure systems causing a cyber-doomsday.
"The building up of armaments for attacks on the industrial systems and infrastructure of enemies sooner or later will affect us all," he added.
Kaspersky claimed that details regarding the OS and its inner workings are being closely guarded to ensure that upon release, hackers and criminals will have as little information as possible when attempting to create new exploits and attacks.
"We can't reveal many details of the project now because of the confidentiality of such cooperation. And we don't want to talk about some stuff so competitors won't jump on our ideas and nick the know-how," he wrote.
"Then there are some details that will forever remain for certain customers' eyes only to ward off cyber-terrorist abuses. But as soon as any possibilities do appear, we'll tell you all we can about the project in more detail."
The news comes just after the discovery of the miniFlame Flame module. The module was discovered on Monday and is reportedly one of six Flame modules believed to have been used for targeting critical infrastructure sites.
Flame was originally uncovered in May, targeting Iranian computer systems. The malware drew widespread concerns within the security industry regarding its advanced espionage capabilities.
The full scale of Flame and its overarching implications remains unknown, despite the ongoing joint research campaign being mounted by several security vendors, including Kaspersky and Symantec.
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