Entries in Computer Virus (2)


Report: US, Israel Designed Malware to Thwart Iran's Nuclear Program

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- What appears to be a routine Microsoft update is in reality malware meant to cripple Iran's nuclear program.

U.S. and Western officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the Washington Post that the computer virus called Flame, which came to light last month when it turned up in cyber attacks on Iran's oil industry, was developed together by the U.S. and Israel.

Officials say Flame was designed to gather intelligence in anticipation of a campaign to affect Iran's uranium enrichment program, a key step in producing a nuclear arsenal.

While the National Security Agency, the CIA and Israel are all declining comment, Flame is thought to be the most sophisticated attempt yet at cyber-sabotage launched by the U.S. in collaboration with an ally.

It remains unclear, however, when an actual cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear program or critical infrastructure systems might be implemented.

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Report: Worm Used Against Iran's Nuclear Program Tested In Israel

Photo Courtesy - ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- The computer virus that reportedly wiped out one-fifth of Iran's nuclear centrifuges was tested in Israel, according to a report in The New York Times.

Covert testing of the bug known as the Stuxnet worm took place at Israel's alleged nuclear weapons facility in Dimona, the Times reported, and was a joint project with the United States. Unnamed American sources say Israel built centrifuges nearly identical to those at Iran's Natanz nuclear facility and then tested the virus to make sure they malfunctioned.

Israeli officials are refusing to comment on the report.  

Iran's nuclear centrifuges have been plagued with breakdowns over the last few years. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently blamed malicious software for the problems. Sources told the Times that the Stuxnet worm appears to have been the biggest factor in setting back the country's nuclear program.

The worm -- which causes the nuclear centrifuges to spin wildly out of control -- is considered the most sophisticated cyber-weapon ever deployed.

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