Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another

thescroll_header

Stuxnet Sux (for Iran)

New details emerge about computer worm

Print Email
The nuclear facility at Bushehr, in August.(IIPA via Getty Images)

In case you missed it, the New York Times reported this weekend that Stuxnet, the computer worm that has apparently wreaked great havoc on Iran’s nuclear program, was the result of a years-long Israeli-American collaboration, and works in ways that resemble the methods of the casino-robbers in Ocean’s 11. (For a skeptical analysis of the article, see here.) Over the weekend, a Norwegian paper quoted diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks that reported that, from Iran’s perspective “a race exists between the bomb and financial collapse.” The Los Angeles Times reports that Stuxnet heralds a seachange, “a tipping point,” says one expert, “that will usher in a cyber-defense revolution in military affairs”(Richard Clarke is also interviewed). Michael Tanji wrote much the same thing last October in Tablet Magazine. Your other required reading is Yossi Melman on Stuxnet, also from October, and Melman last week, on departing Mossad chief Meir Dagan, who presumably played a major role in the Stuxnet success.

“I believe that Stuxnet is an Israeli-made worm with the help of the CIA and Germany’s BND,” Melman writes in, “unlike with bombing the Syrian reactor, which was 100 percent Israeli intelligence-gathering, Israeli independent decision-making, and above all Israeli execution. By the way,” he adds, “I was the first one who wrote that Stuxnet was aimed to hit Natanz. At the time others wrote that it was directed at Bushehr” (Bushehr being the site of the recognized power plant, Natanz being the site of the reported enrichment facility). True!

WikiLeaks: Iran Developing Nuclear Bomb With Help of More Than 30 Countries [Reuters/Haaretz]
Iran’s Nuclear Program and a New Era of Cyber War[LAT]
The New York Times Fails To Deliver Stuxnet’s Creator [Forbes]
Related: Israeli Test on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay [NYT]
Uncloaked [Tablet Magazine]
Coded [Tablet Magazine]
Modern Warfare, Too
Earlier: How Stuxnet Came To Be

Print Email

Get your FREE ebook from Dr. Richard Clark on my website.

2000

Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Stuxnet Sux (for Iran)

New details emerge about computer worm

More on Tablet:

Eichmann Trial Documents Found in Trash to be Auctioned

By Zachary Schrieber — The discovered documents reveal behind the scenes accounts of the trial.