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The CIA could have been behind a computer virus dubbed the world's first cyber 'super weapon' that attacked an Iranian nuclear plant, experts claim.
The launch of Stuxnet in 2010 marked the transformation of viruses into weapons of war.
Experts believe it was so sophisticated that it could have only been invented by designers with the backing of a nation state, with the spy arm of the U.S government being the main suspects.
It was purpose-built to attack Iran's Busehr nuclear plant, overriding and controlling circuits inside the plant to cause physical damage.
It was the first malware that could truly be described as a 'cyber-weapon'.
'With Stuxnet we have opened a new chapter in human history,' says Ralph Langner, the security expert who unravelled the attack. 'There is now no way we can stop or control the proliferation of cyber-weapons.'
To begin with, the sheer sophistication of the attack was what dazzled experts - it exploited four separate vulnerabilities in Windows to penetrate and override industrial control systems designed by Siemens.
It would have taken experts months to design.
But in the wake of Stuxnet, it's become clear that the weapon was almost over-designed for the job.
Originally posted by CastleMadeOfSand
The real question is: Why on earth do Governments even use the Internet? Why can't they build their own that is separate from the World Wide Web?
We know they have the money for it. So why do they allow themselves to be attacked? A virus can't infect that which is not connected.
Our energy grid systems should also be separate from the Internet. They should have their very own network for communicating with each other, not for looking at porn while at work.
Originally posted by trustnothing
the virus is spread via USB keys etc being directly connected to the target system, of course the USB key "could" be infected by being on the net but these were targeted, likely by spies working in the facilities. We wouold probably already be in nuclear winter if power plants ran windows and were connected to the web
I saw another article which suggests US partnership and also suggests that Israel were testing the virus at their Dimona plant and that is why it proved so successful, article linked below