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Iran's nuclear program crippled by amazing hacking

 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 6:32 pm    Post subject: Iran's nuclear program crippled by amazing hacking Reply with quote

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Simply put, Stuxnet is an incredibly advanced, undetectable computer worm that took years to construct and was designed to jump from computer to computer until it found the specific, protected control system that it aimed to destroy: Iran’s nuclear enrichment program.


Read the article, if you're interested in computer security, or just by warfare carried out by a whole new level of hacking. It's... really incredible, to be honest.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are soooooooo many better Stuxnet sources out there. Here is just one.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I support this when it's used against the Iranian nuclear program!
Just don't turn it euro/stateside, please.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mizike wrote:
There are soooooooo many better Stuxnet sources out there. Here is just one.


I figured there would be. However, it was the first one I saw, and I am ostensibly supposed to be working, so... I didn't do more research first. Eh, it was still interesting, even with the article I linked.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Next stop: North Korea!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As more details have leaked and as US and Israeli officials seem more confident that the virus they designed together has done its job, a clearer (and very entertaining) picture emerges.

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The Dimona complex in the Negev desert is famous as the heavily guarded heart of Israel’s never-acknowledged nuclear arms program, where neat rows of factories make atomic fuel for the arsenal.

Over the past two years, according to intelligence and military experts familiar with its operations, Dimona has taken on a new, equally secret role — as a critical testing ground in a joint American and Israeli effort to undermine Iran’s efforts to make a bomb of its own.

Behind Dimona’s 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 the Stuxnet 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.”

Though American and Israeli officials refuse to talk publicly about what goes on at Dimona, the operations there, as well as related efforts in the United States, are among the newest and strongest clues suggesting that the virus was designed as an American-Israeli project to sabotage the Iranian program.

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Officially, neither American nor Israeli officials will even utter the name of the malicious computer program, much less describe any role in designing it.

But Israeli officials grin widely when asked about its effects. Mr. Obama’s chief strategist for combating weapons of mass destruction, Gary Samore, sidestepped a Stuxnet question at a recent conference about Iran, but added with a smile: “I’m glad to hear they are having troubles with their centrifuge machines, and the U.S. and its allies are doing everything we can to make it more complicated.”

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The project’s political origins can be found in the last months of the Bush administration. In January 2009, The New York Times reported that Mr. Bush authorized a covert program to undermine the electrical and computer systems around Natanz, Iran’s major enrichment center. President Obama, first briefed on the program even before taking office, sped it up, according to officials familiar with the administration’s Iran strategy. So did the Israelis, other officials said. Israel has long been seeking a way to cripple Iran’s capability without triggering the opprobrium, or the war, that might follow an overt military strike of the kind they conducted against nuclear facilities in Iraq in 1981 and Syria in 2007.

Two years ago, when Israel still thought its only solution was a military one and approached Mr. Bush for the bunker-busting bombs and other equipment it believed it would need for an air attack, its officials told the White House that such a strike would set back Iran’s programs by roughly three years. Its request was turned down.

Now, Mr. Dagan’s statement suggests that Israel believes it has gained at least that much time, without mounting an attack. So does the Obama administration.


Just read the whole article. It is worth your time.
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