Underreported: Who Was Behind the Stuxnet Worm?

Thursday, March 03, 2011

The Stuxnet virus made headlines when it damaged computers at Iran’s nuclear program. On this week’s Underreported segment, Vanity Fair writer Michael Joseph Gross looks at who could have built Stuxnet and why Israel may not have been behind the computer worm as many initially assumed. Plus, we’ll look at what Stuxnet means for the future of cyber warfare.


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Comments [5]

Amy from Manhattan

On the one hand, what's the chance that Israel agreed to have suspicion deflected onto it? And on the other, could they have tested it on one of their own systems to see if they were vulnerable to it?

Mar. 03 2011 01:48 PM
Nick from UWS

Er....this guy should lay off the weed before speaking on the radio...he sounds a little toasted.

Mar. 03 2011 01:46 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Supervisory Cntrol and Data Acquisition (SCADA) software, connects programmable logic controllers (PLC's) to a computer, and provides a graphical interface for a human controller who can "see" what the machine is doing, based on the information he is getting from the PLC. But of course, if he is getting false information, he won't know what's really going on until it's too late.

Mar. 03 2011 01:15 PM
Opal S from NYC

Can a computer contract a virus if the computer has an anti-viral program?

Mar. 03 2011 01:15 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Well, I worked as technical writer for an Israeli company that developed SCADA software for programmable controllers. That is, software which allows a machine operator to "see" and control what the motors and machines are doing at any time. So I am certain Israel had the technical capability to develop such a virus if that is what they wanted to do. Whether they did or not, we'll never know. At least not until the archives are opened decades from now.

Anyhow, Ahmadinejad once called Israel an insignificant fly. Well, the fly may have transformed into a sticky worm. :)

Mar. 03 2011 01:03 PM

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