Stuxnet Worm A Project Of US And Israel Against Iran?

By on Jan 18, 2011 in Current Events, Middle East, Software, Technology, United States, World Comments

The Stuxnet worm may have been developed by US and Israel in an effort to sabotage key components of Iran‘s nuclear program, several international news sites citing New York Times as their source reported.

Stuxnet Worm

The worm was said to have been developed and tested over the last two years at Israel‘s Dimona Complex as part of the joint US-Israeli operation. It was said that American intelligence agencies who identified the type of controllers Iran was planning to use in 2008 laid the foundations of this work. Siemens controllers were said to be tested at the Idaho National Laboratory as part of a larger exercise in cyber security testing.

Stuxnet started spreading in June 2009 but it was not detected until June 2010 due to its ability to disguise its presence on infected systems. It infected hundreds of thousands of systems, mostly in Iran and Indonesia.

Recently, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad confirmed that their uranium-enrichment centrifuges at Natanz had been sabotaged by the worm, dropping its production by 30 percent resulting into delays of Iran‘s nuclear program by months.

However, both US and Israel have played down the report. According to the New York Times report: “Officially, neither American nor Israeli officials will even utter the name of the malicious computer program, much less describe any role in designing it.”

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