Pentagon Accused Of Launching Supervirus Attack On Iran

Stuxnet - which some experts consider to be the most advanced virus ever - appears to be focusing its attacks on Iranian nuclear plants. Now, the Pentagon and German intelligence are being accused of creating the virus to take down Iran's atomic weapons program.

The worm seems to be designed to focus on very specific systems, differentiating between industrial computers "without human assistance," according to German researcher Ralph Langner:

Stuxnet is the key for a very specific lock—in fact, there is only one lock in the world that it will open. The whole attack is not at all about stealing data but about manipulation of a specific industrial process at a specific moment in time. This is not generic. It is about destroying that process.

Iranian news agencies are confirming that the attack is happening. According to the Mehr News Agency, however, the worm is "designed to transfer data about production lines from our industrial plants to (locations) outside of the country." They claim that they are "successfully battling" this cyberattack, which may cripple the Bushehr nuclear plant. This plant - which is Russian-built but has Siemens computer systems - is allegedly being used to enrich uranium for the Iranian nuclear weapons program.

The Pentagon is now being accused on working with the friendly German intelligence services to create the Stuxnet virus. Pentagon's spokesman Colonel David Lapan said the Department of defence can "neither confirm nor deny" reports that it launched this attack. If the attack came indeed from the US, experts say, it would have been created and launched under President Obama's orders. [Fox News and Christian Science Monitor via AP and The Atlantic]


Comments

    "Can neither confirm or deny" = We did it and we don´t care who knows it. Shame on our leaders for using such reckless and despicable tactics!

    Would anyone care to anticipate, please, what the US response would be to an Iranian computer virus targeting OUR nuclear power plants??!!

    We'd bomb em the same freaking day. Yet "our leaders" seem to have no problem doing it to some other nation... and if anything bad happens to us as a result it will be "terror" and serve only to increase the strength of the corporo-fascist military industrial police state that "we" have become. WAR WAR WAR WAR WAR... sigh...

      hopefully nothing goes chernobyl - cuz then the winners definitely won't be any poor schmucks living nearby.

      upside to that would be Iranians able to make a trilogy of STALKER-esque games.

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