Stuxnet Worm May Have Been Designed For U.S. Attack On Iran, Says Expert
September 24, 2010
Ralph Langner is one of the top experts in cyber security and attacks, and he believes that the worm, which is still largely a mystery, could have been created by the U.S. government to somehow shut down an unspecified nuclear facility.
The Stuxnet worm is a malicious piece of coding written to exploit gaps in Windows, which have since been patched using updates released a little over a week ago by Microsoft. Experts have been at a loss to explain the malware, which is so complex that even the purpose behind it is a mystery, as is who wrote it and how.
“While cyber-attacks on computer networks have slowed or stopped communication in countries such as Estonia and Georgia, Stuxnet is the first aimed at physical destruction and it heralds a new era in cyberwar,” the Financial Times said.
The pure complexity of the system makes it a sophisticated piece of malware that is likely created for a more militarized purpose. With cyber warfare more common than many people think, it isn’t a stretch to say the U.S could have been involved, though any number of other spy or defense agencies could have also created the worm.
But Iran is not the most heavily infected country; India and Indonesia have been more heavily affected, followed by Iran. Other countries to have seen the malware are Pakistan, Afghanistan, Malaysia and the United States, with isolated incidents elsewhere.