You may have heard of weaponized virus programs. The great fear is that one will somehow escape the laboratory or storage and be unleashed on the people of the world. What you may not have heard of is that one has already been released and has been carefully controlled. It has also already performed its duty and succeeded marvelously. Think this has anything to do with the 70+ “copyright violating” websites seized by the Department of Homeland Security? (Read about that activity here – http://ht.ly/3gQAb)
Wait, what does that question have to do with a virus? Because this is a particularly powerful computer virus. Read on …
Simply put, Stuxnet is an incredibly advanced, undetectable computer worm that took years to construct and was designed to jump from computer to computer until it found the specific, protected control system that it aimed to destroy: Iran’s nuclear enrichment program.
The construction of the worm was so advanced, it was “like the arrival of an F-35 into a World War I battlefield,” says Ralph Langner, the computer expert who was the first to sound the alarm about Stuxnet. Others have called it the first “weaponized” computer virus.
But that didn’t happen, because within minutes all the alert sites came under attack and were inoperative for 24 hours.
“I had to use e-mail to send notices but I couldn’t reach everyone. Whoever made the worm had a full day to eliminate all traces of the worm that might lead us them,” Eric Byers, a computer security expert who has examined the Stuxnet. “No hacker could have done that.”
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