01 October 2010

Stuxnet Computer Virus, Who done it?

The mysterious Stuxnet worm took center stage at the Virus Bulletin 2010 conference with a prominent security researcher dropping a raw hint that Israel may be behind the industrial-strength malware attack.

Ever since the discovery of the worm, which Microsoft says dates back to January 2009, there has been incessant speculation that Stuxnet is a nation-state attack against Iranian nuclear plants. There have even been online murmurings of biblical references and public confirmation that the Iran’s Buescher nuclear reactor was the main target.

Now comes this disclosure suggesting a direct link to Israel.

Symantec security researcher Liam O Murchu (photo above) says he found the “05091979″ date in the Stuxnet code, a possible link to the May 9, 1979 execution of Jewish Iranian businessman and philantropist Habib Elghanian.

And in the New York Times’ David Sanger and John Markoff report there is biblical text possibly linking Stuxnet to Israel:

Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran’s race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the Book of Esther, the Old Testament tale in which the Jews pre-empt a Persian plot to destroy them.

That use of the word “Myrtus” — which can be read as an allusion to Esther — to name a file inside the code is one of several murky clues that have emerged as computer experts try to trace the origin and purpose of the rogue Stuxnet program
That's it??? A secret code!! Intentionally left in the software...

Cyber Security experts are cautioning against reading too much into anything deliberately left in the code by the Stuxnet authors because, at this level, there could be all kinds of decoys and misdirection.

This Code was blamed on Israel but the true origin surprised everyone.

"Nobody is willing to accept responsibility for this particular piece of malicious software which is a curious, complex and powerful weapon," said one Whitehall expert on the Stuxnet code.

The Iranian authorities acknowledged the worm had struck Bushehr and a statement conceded that the plant would come into operation later than planned.

So far the evidence linking Israel to Stuxnet is about as credible as this story of Obama's secret relationship with Iran.

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