Computer Worm Stuxnet Locks On To Iran Nuclear Power Plant

Posted By on September 26, 2010

Let’s be careful what we wish for here, as this sets up a dangerous precedent of a new type of worldwide cyber warfare in the future.

 

TEHRAN, Iran—A complex computer worm capable of seizing control of industrial plants has affected the personal computers of staff working at Iran’s first nuclear-power station weeks before the facility is to go online, the official news agency reported Sunday.

The computer code, dubbed Stuxnet, has spread to many industries in Iran,  and has also affected equipment linked to the country’s nuclear program, which is at the core of the dispute between Tehran and Western powers.

Experts in Germany discovered the worm in July, and it has since shown up in a number of attacks—primarily in Iran, Indonesia, India and the U.S. The malware is capable of taking over systems that control the inner workings of industrial plants.

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