The Terrifying U.S.-Israeli Computer Worm That Could Cause World War III

“…In Zero Days, Gibney provides a comprehensive overview of the Stuxnet worm—a sophisticated piece of malware that, on June 17, 2010, was found by a Belarus security expert on one of his client’s machines in Iran. Though it was immediately apparent that the virus was deadly, it would take considerably more analysis—including by Symantec security response professionals Eric Chien and Liam O’Murchu—before its true potential was revealed. Those revelations were at once awe-inspiring and unsettling, as Stuxnet turned out to be a complex program designed to infiltrate, target, and sabotage the centrifuges at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility. It was equipped to do this even though Natanz’s systems were disconnected from the internet. And it was to perform its mission without “command and control” input—meaning that its groundbreaking code would initiate and carry out its tasks wholly on its own or as Chien says, “There was no turning back once Stuxnet was released”.

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    Anyone who thinks that Israelis have rested on their laurels since Stuxnet is a fool. Some of their latest drones are packed with electronic gear aimed at paralyzing enemy defenses. Look for missile-deflecting electronics, death rays and robot infantries in the not too distant future.

    • Cool stuff!

    • mobuyus

      I been waiting for fucking robots for over fifty years.

      • Daviddowntown

        Main street west.

        • mobuyus

          WTF robotic hookers?

      • Norman_In_New_York

        Israel recently demonstrated small pistol-shooting robots. They are to the infantry robots of the future what Henry Ford’s Quadricycle is to a Ferrari.

  • andycanuck

    It’s the Iranians’ own fault. They fell for the old “flash drive labelled ‘my hot goat porn'” trick!

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  • B__2

    Yes, it may cause war, but was designed to prevent one, or at least postpone one. As Iran continues to develop nuclear weapon tech and makes unending promises to destroy Israel, I feel safer in the world with Stuxnet than one without. I think of this as akin to you stealing your drunk friend’s keys during a night out to stop them driving home and possibly injuring or killing themselves or someone else.

    • mobuyus

      This drunken friend you would be better off killing.

      • B__2

        Yes, maybe a closer analogy is ripping out the wiring on a VBIED (car bomb) before it starts off on its last drive.

  • Blind Druid

    I think that Mossad, with covert black ops assistance from other Western sources, are engaged in an ongoing, persistent program of retarding Iran’s nuclear capabilities. As much as possible, by any means. It just makes sense to believe this is the case.

    • Daviddowntown

      I hope it’s true.