Computer super virus 'targeted Iranian nuclear power station'

Computer super virus 'targeted Iranian nuclear power station'

The world’s first deadliest cyber ‘super weapon’ may have been designed to attack a nuclear power station in Iran, experts said. A virus known as Stuxnet is the most sophisticated & sensible 'worm' ever created which infected more than 45,000 networks worldwide.

Experts believe that Stuxnet, which was first detected in June, is the first 'worm' specifically created to target real-world infrastructure such as power stations and water plants. Many says that this virus was designed to attack in Iran's important facilities & also the Bushehr nuclear power plant which was originally due to open last month. Iran was hardest hit by Stuxnet with nearly 60 per cent of all infected PCs found there.

David Emm, a senior security researcher at Kaspersky, said what made Stuxnet different from other viruses was its targeted nature. His firm has worked with Microsoft to find holes in their code which could be exploited by the worm.
Mr Emm said: What sets it apart is that it is not indiscriminate. Most viruses that are created are normally blasted out like a blunderbuss. But Stuxnet is written to only target a certain systems.

'It finds flaws in code and uses it like an open window in a house, like a jemmy to make a bigger gap', he said.
He said that Stuxnet appeared to have been designed purely for sabotage.

Ralph Langner, a German cyber-security researcher, has reverse-engineered the Stuxnet code and made his findings public. He said he is convinced the virus was designed to seek out and destroy key pieces of infrastructure.
He said: ‘Stuxnet is a 100-percent-directed cyber attack aimed at destroying an industrial process in the physical world. This is not about espionage, as some have said. This is a 100 percent sabotage attack.’

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