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New stuxnet-like computer worm in cyberwar against Iran

Oct 19, 2011

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15367816

Researchers have found evidence that the Stuxnet worm, which alarmed governments around the world, could be about to regenerate.

Stuxnet was a highly complex piece of malware created to spy on and disrupt Iran's nuclear programme.

No-one has identified the worm authors but the finger of suspicion fell on the Israeli and US governments.

The new threat, Duqu, is, according to those who discovered it, "a precursor to a future Stuxnet-like attack"....

Initial analysis of the worm found that parts of Duqu are nearly identical to Stuxnet and suggested that it was written by either the same authors or those with access to the Stuxnet source code....

"The threat was highly targeted towards a limited number of organisations for their specific assets."

In other words, Duqu is not designed to attack industrial systems, such as Iran's nuclear production facilities, as was the case with Stuxnet, but rather to gather intelligence for a future attack.

This article suggests that either the Israelis or the US government (or both) are getting ready to use this computer worm as a weapon of war, as they prepare to gather intelligence from Iran.

Of course, if Iran had sent a computer worm our way, we would have called it "an act of war." The difference is that Iran is not picking a fight with us. For that reason, we have had to do a false flag operation to make it look like they were attacking us.


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