Will Stuxnet Malware Be Used In False Flag Attack?
September 25, 2010
Iran has admitted today that Stuxnet malware has infected its industrial computer system.
“An IT official of Iran’s mines and metals ministry told the Mehr news agency that 30,000 computers belonging to industrial units have already been infected by the virus,” reports Deutsche Presse-Agentur today. “Mahmoud Alyaie told Mehr that the Iranian industrial control systems are made by Siemens and the Stuxnet is designed to attack exactly these systems and transfer classified data abroad.”
“Stuxnet has the ability to take advantage of the programming software to also upload its own code to… an industrial control system,” explains Symantec, the anti-virus software company. “Stuxnet can potentially control or alter how the system operates.” Symantec figures from August show 60 per cent of the computers infected by Stuxnet are located in Iran, up from 25 per cent in July.
On Friday, Max Fisher, writing for The Atlantic Wire, said cybersecurity officials report the malware is “widely disseminated” and “establishes a new precedent in the sophistication and threat of cyberwarfare.” The officials said the software has embedded itself across computer systems at a number of power facilities and factories over the past year. “It’s unknown who created it, to what end, and what exactly Stuxnet would have done if it had not been discovered,” writes Fisher.
The malware is not spread over the internet. It must be manually inserted on a network computer by an external device such as a USB drive.