A new virus the Stuxnet worm was found and its mission and purpose of creation is to ‘targeted high-value Iranian assets’.
How disparate can US get ? Or Israel ? Well, someones got to be behind it.
Experts have found this to worm to be one of the most sophisticated pieces of malware ever detected and it was probably targeting “high value” infrastructure in Iran.
Stuxnet’s complexity suggests it could only have been written by a “nation state”, some researchers have claimed.
This seems to be the first of its kind. A malware targeting real world infrastructure.
It was first detected in June and has been intensely studied ever since.
“The fact that we see so many more infections in Iran than anywhere else in the world makes us think this threat was targeted at Iran and that there was something in Iran that was of very, very high value to whomever wrote it,” Liam O’Murchu of security firm Symantec, who has tracked the worm since it was first detected, told BBC News.
Mr O’Murchu agreed and said that his analysis suggested that whoever had created the worm had put a “huge effort” into it.
“It is a very big project, it is very well planned, it is very well funded,” he said. “It has an incredible amount of code just to infect those machines.”
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His analysis is backed up by other research done by security firms and computer experts.
“With the forensics we now have it is evident and provable that Stuxnet is a directed sabotage attack involving heavy insider knowledge,” said Ralph Langner, an industrial computer expert in an analysis he published on the web.
“This is not some hacker sitting in the basement of his parents’ house. To me, it seems that the resources needed to stage this attack point to a nation state,” he wrote.