This video is a fascinating look at the Stuxnet virus and how it works. Eerily, one of the last few lines in the video, says more important than knowing who designed it, is who will redesign it. This virus had a real security code (as opposed to a forged code) stolen from one of the most reputable computer technology companies in the world, Realtek. We know now that the target of the Stuxnet worm was Irans nuclear centrifuges. Israel is being blamed for creating the code (and maybe the U.S.) that is the first virus to be born completely out of computer coding.
Behind Dimona’s [Israeli nuclear facility] barbed wire, the experts say, Israel has spun nuclear centrifuges virtually identical to Iran’s at Natanz, where Iranian scientists are struggling to enrich uranium. They say Dimona tested the effectiveness of theStuxnet computer worm, a destructive program that appears to have wiped out roughly a fifth of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges and helped delay, though not destroy, Tehran’s ability to make its first nuclear arms.
“To check out the worm, you have to know the machines,” said an American expert on nuclear intelligence. “The reason the worm has been effective is that the Israelis tried it out.”
I don’t know these people, but this article says there are still computer holes, unpatched, leaving a vulnerability to Stuxnet.
Stuxnet – The Anatomy of a Computer Virus (video)