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Stuxnet virus engineered for subtle nuclear sabotage?

Posted on Wednesday, November 17 2010 @ 00:00:04 CET by

Security experts have found strong evidence that the Stuxnet malware was designed to cause subtle damage to nuclear plants:
New and important evidence found in the sophisticated “Stuxnet” malware targeting industrial control systems provides strong hints that the code was designed to sabotage nuclear plants, and that it employs a subtle sabotage strategy that involves briefly speeding up and slowing down physical machinery at a plant over a span of weeks.

“It indicates that [Stuxnet's creators] wanted to get on the system and not be discovered and stay there for a long time and change the process subtly, but not break it,” says Liam O Murchu, researcher with Symantec Security Response, which published the new information in an updated paper (.pdf) on Friday.
More info at Wired.



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