Sunday, January 16, 2011
Israeli Technology Delays Iranian Neuclear Bomb: Stuxnet Computer Worm Tested By Mossad
Sometimes, I have to hand it to the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency. According to recent reports over the weekend, the US-Israeli joint Stuxnet computer worm, an effort to stunt Iran's nuclear arms developments, was tested and found successful on Israeli territory.
In the heavily guarded army base in Dimona, a small town in Israel's Negev Desert, is known to be Israel's nuclear arms base. While this has never been officially acknowledged, officials have been willing to admit that nuclear centrifuges, nearly identical to those in Iran, have been built behind the walls of the Dimona base, and have been used to test the effectiveness of a Stuxnet computer worm.
This computer worm is a destructive program that seems to have successfully dismantle approximately a fifth of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges and helped delay, though not destroy, Tehran’s ability to make its first nuclear weapons.
While not all of the pieces of the puzzle are out in the open (it's still unknown who developed the computer worm, and how it works, exactly), what is clear is that the worm is extremely complex and surprisingly dangerous.
If you wanna learn more, check out the NYtimes full coverage article.