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A DESTRUCTIVE cyber worm, powerful enough to bring down whole industrial installations, may have Iran's nuclear program in its sights.
Experts cited in The Christian Science Monitor yesterday say Stuxnet sparked both awe and alarm in the world of digital security when first identified in June.
Far more advanced than mainstream malware often used for identity theft, Stuxnet is reportedly able to take over a computing system via nothing more than a rogue memory stick.
"Until a few days ago, people did not believe a directed attack like this was possible," Ralph Langner, a German cyber security researcher told the newspaper.
"What Stuxnet represents is a future in which people with the funds will be able to buy an attack like this on the black market. This is now a valid concern."
But it gets worse. Since reverse engineering chunks of Stuxnet's massive code, senior US cyber security experts confirm what Mr. Langner, the German researcher, told the Monitor: Stuxnet is essentially a precision, military-grade cyber missile deployed early last year to seek out and destroy one real-world target of high importance – a target still unknown.