Security researchers at Symantec have found malware they think was written by the same people who created Stuxnet, the worm that famously disrupted a uranium enrichment plant in Iran.
There has been speculation that the worm was sent by the U.S. or Israel; a video played at a retirement party for Israeli Defense Force head Gabi Ashkenazi referred to Stuxnet as an operational success. Neither the Israeli nor U.S. governments have confirmed they created Stuxnet.
(If you didn’t read it the first time around, this great Wired article describes the worm and the digital detectives that deciphered it.)
The thing about Stuxnet is that the code is open source. So anyone can tinker with the code and make it their own. I honestly believe the original creators were commssioned on behalf of U.S. and Israeli officials to stop production of Irans Nuclear facility. At this point it was only a matter of time before other hackers could use certain parts for their own benefit. The main problem with Stuxnet is that when it’s in your system it doesn’t appear so because it entered with a legitimate clearance. So who really knows at this point.
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