Report: US and Israel Tested “Successful” Stuxnet Cyberworm at Dimona Nuclear facility to Delay Iran Nuclear Program
January 16, 2011
(ChattahBox World News) – Last September a malicious piece of code written to exploit gaps in Windows called the Stuxnet worm, was patched by Microsoft. Experts though had been at a loss to explain the malware, which is so complex that even the purpose behind it was a mystery, as is who wrote it and how.
After computers in Iran, India, Indonesia, and other countries were found to be infected with the Stuxnet worm, analysts began to dissect the program’s inner workings to find out its capabilities, and speculation was the pure complexity of Stuxnet worm pointed to a militarized purpose, and may have been a created to infect the computers of Iran’s primary nuclear facility, where Iranian scientists are struggling to enrich uranium. The virus makes changes in the speed of rotating motors within a nuclear or other industrial facility. These speed changes can cause centrifuges (which can fuel reactors or bombs) to blow apart, and then subsequently resume normal operating frequencies after the blowout was completed.
Intelligence and military experts familiar with its operations tell the NY Times, the U.S. and Israel worked together to create the Stuxnet cyberworm, at the Dimona facility, located in Israel’s Negev Desert. The Dimona facility is well-known as the heavily guarded, but never publicly acknowledged, Israeli nuclear arms program, that also allegedly contains the same 1970s model centrifuges used by Iran, making it the perfect test ground to create Stuxnet. Though American and Israeli officials refuse to talk publicly about it, Stuxnet appears to have wiped out roughly a fifth of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges and helped delay, though not destroy, Tehran’s ability to make its first nuclear arms. Retiring chief of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, Meir Dagan, has said in recent days that Iran won’t have a bomb until at least 2015, a sharp reversal from Israel’s long-held argument that Iran was on the cusp of success.