Has Israel Attacked Iran?
It reads like science fiction – but it’s for real and right now.
A most incredible, silent but, apparently, highly effective attack has been launched on
. Perhaps by Iran – but we’ll probably never know. Israel
Consisting of the world’s most sophisticated and devious computer virus, known as “Stuxnet”, this virus has penetrated
’s industrial control centers, including those of their nuclear facilities. The delivery mechanism may have been as simple as a USB memory stick. Iran
The virus takes advantage of characteristics of both the ubiquitous Windows’s operating system and the lesser known (to the consumer) Siemens’ industrial control computers – which enjoy international market dominance.
Experts around the world are puzzling over the ingeniously malicious code, which not only hides itself from discovery, but can apparently become ever-more scheming, the more it is pursued. Commentators are assuming this is well beyond the development capabilities of a geek or two, and is probably the work of a sovereign State.
For any industrialized country, this virus can cause total havoc, even for the whole economic infrastructure to collapse.
, not only the nuclear facilities (presumably the primary intended target) but also the strategic oil & gas industries are potentially highly exposed to the effects of the Stuxnet virus. Iran
At this moment, it looks like a blow no less damaging than a conventional missile attack on
, but without the causus belum, risking an immediate regional conflagration. Iran
Congratulations to the good guys, on a smart and devious attack on the world's most evil regime.
I am curious, if the rumour mill is accurate, that this virus is a targeted attack (perhaps by Israel) on Iran, whether the Goodies are going to be ready when this same virus leaks back home (with the internet, it could happen remarkably soon)?