Mystery Surrounds Cyber Missile That Crippled Iran's Nuclear Weapons Ambitions
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‚Äôs nuclear enrichment program.
The target was seemingly impenetrable; for security reasons, it lay several stories underground and was not connected to the World Wide Web. And that meant Stuxnet had to act as sort of a computer cruise missile: As it made its passage through a set of unconnected computers, it had to grow and adapt to security measures and other changes until it reached one that could bring it into the nuclear facility.
When it ultimately found its target, it would have to secretly manipulate it until it was so compromised it ceased normal functions.
And finally, after the job was done, the worm would have to destroy itself without leaving a...
Cliff Leckey wrote: It`s way beyond me but sounds like a job well done. As an after-thought, if they do eventually develop nukes perhaps another "worm" could re target the weapons & set them of prematurely. Wow what a thought.
Some of the Sci-fi movies of computers controlling the world don't seem so far fetched any longer. Scary.
Perhaps a worm could return a launched nuclear missle back to its launch site. Now that would make them sorry!
While Iran would like to give Israel the credit, the Fox news article on this that I read, siad it was an American, German, and Russian collaboration on this. The latest leaks of American documents has the King of Saudi Arabia saying that th U.S. should take out Iran's nuclear capability, one of the few things that a Saudi has gotten right.
The complete absence of any collateral damage that surely would've accompanied any kind of conventional attack effectively denies Iran the sympathy they would surely have gotten from its Islamic neighbors.
Even worse, I imagine it's exceedingly difficult to televise or even explain to their public, in any kind of effort to stir up rage against Isreal and the West in general, the super-secretive and esoteric nature of just what was attacked and damaged.
Serves them right (Iran) for so brazenly and blatantly scaring the hell out of so many people by vowing to blow Isreal off the map.
Hopefully something similarly effective can be done to North Korea as well.