Warfare has gone viral and a computer worm is the key to slowing Iran’s nuclear efforts. The computer worm dubbed Stuxnet, was discovered in 2010 and jointly created by the United States and Israel. Code name, “Olympic Games” in 2006 and in 2007 a virtual replica of Iran’s Natanz Plant was built at American National Laboratories. The US and Israel joined together to develop the most complicated computer worm the world has ever seen.
Once centrifuges at the Natanz plant began crashing, former President Bush urged President elect Obama to continue with “Olympic Games”. After 130,000 computers were infected by the Stuxnet virus in summer 2010, copies of the worm escaped Natanz and became available on the internet. The current Stuxnet code will not affect computers unless they are running Siemens PCS 7, WINCC, and Step7. That is, until a hacker altered the code. After alteration, on June 24, 2012 Stuxnet was turned off.
Now, with Stuxnet turned off, is that the end of Cyber Warfare? No, it’s not. The framework of Stuxnet may have become the blueprint for the next big cyber weapon in the warfare we are now engaging in.
Infographic by Veracode Application Security