Anatomy of a Computer Virus

November 9th, 2011 | Robot


Stuxnet – an American-Israeli project to sabotage the Iranian nuclear program.  The worm has been found to have 2 major components.  One was designed to send Iran’s nuclear centrifuges spinning wildly out of control.  Another seems right out of the movies: The computer program also secretly recorded what normal operations at the nuclear plant looked like, then played those readings back to plant operators, like a pre-recorded security tape in a bank heist, so that it would appear that everything was operating normally while the centrifuges were actually tearing themselves apart…

Yes, that would be Ocean’s 11.


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