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Cyber War at the MidEastern Front

I remarked last month on James Barber’s post on Eye Current about a Seimens virus. The virus or more properly known as the Stuxnet worm affected the computers that are the Man Machine Interface (MMI) and the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. Word is out in the street that this worm is nation state sponsored.

Nobody knows who’s behind Stuxnet, but recently Kaspersky Lab researcher Roel Schouwenberg said that it was most likely a nation state.

Symantec’s O’Murchu agrees that the worm was done by particularly sophisticated attackers. “This is definitely not your typical operation,” he said.

The worm has mostly been found in Iran and it is believed to be targeting the Iran’s nuclear program.

Computers in Iran have been hardest hit by a dangerous computer worm that tries to steal information from industrial control systems.

According to data compiled by Symantec, nearly 60 percent of all systems infected by the worm are located in Iran. Indonesia and India have also been hard-hit by the malicious software, known as Stuxnet.