Stuxnet: Computer Virus and Weapon
By Joseph D. Lienjdlien. Sunday, June 19, 2011 10:45:43 AM
It sounds like part of an overblown action movie, but the notorious Stuxnet worm is real. Said to be more sophisticated than any other, this malware can compromise industrial systems like power plants.
Perhaps more scary than Stuxnet's ability to mess with nuclear reactors and oil pipelines is the way that it has been targeted, and where it likely originates. According to Symantec, over 60% of Stuxnet infected computers were in Iran, whose nuclear program has been damaged by the worm. It is widely suspected that this particular bit of malicious code was crafted with the support of government.
Stuxnet, my friends, is not just some virus... it's a weapon. Wow!
Check out this fascinating video below for a quick breakdown of Stuxnet