Some computer equipment was seized by authorities from a Mumbai data centre as part of an investigation into the Duqu malicious software that could be the next big security threat according to security experts.
According to a Retuers, officials from the Department of Information Technology confiscated several hard drives and some components from a server that security firm Symantec Corp said was communicating with computers infected with Duqu.
News about Duqu surfaced last week when the firm said it had found a virus having a code that looked similar to that of Stuxnet, the malware that hit Iran's nuclear programme.
Private and government investigators are working round the clock in a rush to crack the Duqu code as early analysis showed that the malware was the handiwork of sophisticated hackers to lay the groundwork for attacks on critical infrastructure such as power plants, oil refineries and pipelines.
According to the report, the equipment seized from Web Werks, a private company employing 200, could yield valuable data to help investigators zero in on the hackers who built Duqu. However piecing together the complex trail leading to the hackers could be a difficult process, according to experts.
According to Marty Edwards, director of the US Department of Homeland Security's Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, this one was challenging as it was a very complex piece of software.