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Wired: The first sign of the Stuxnet virus wasn’t discovered by computer security researchers. Instead, in January investigators with the. This is a story that I missed when it was published last summer, but Wired has a great article about how the Stuxnet worm was discovered. How digital detectives deciphered Stuxnet, the most menacing look into those that decoded the spread and implementation of Stuxnet.

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It was a marksman’s job. European and US officials, along with private experts told Reuters that Iranian engineers were successful in neutralizing and purging Stuxnet from their country’s nuclear machinery. Instead, in January investigators with the International Atomic Energy Agency noticed that workers at a uranium enrichment plant stuxxnet central Iran were switching out centrifuges at an incredible rate.

Despite speculation that incorrect removal of the worm could cause damage, [65] Siemens reports that in the first four months since discovery, the malware was successfully removed from the systems of 22 customers without any adverse impact.

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How Digital Detectives Deciphered Stuxnet, the Most Menacing Malware in History | Pearltrees

Retrieved digitl February This article is a brief history of the Stuxnet worm, including its targets, the initial findings, possible creators of the worm and its effects, using the facts known at the time of writing.

Dciphered it is not detectjves first time that hackers have targeted industrial systems, [12] nor the first publicly known intentional act of cyberwarfare to be implemented, it is the first discovered malware that spies on and subverts industrial systems, [13] and the first to include a programmable logic controller PLC rootkit.

Iran had set up its own systems to clean up infections and had advised against using the Siemens SCADA antivirus since it is suspected that the antivirus was actually embedded with codes which update Stuxnet instead of eradicating it.


Retrieved 4 November Fereydoon Abbasia high-ranking official at the Ministry of Defense was seriously wounded. Great article from Wired: InKaspersky Lab noted that the Equation Group had used two of the same zero-day attacks, prior to their use in Stuxnet, and commented that: In the same report, Sean McGurk, a former cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security noted that the Stuxnet source code could now be downloaded online and modified to be directed at new target systems.

Stuxnet requires specific slave variable-frequency drives frequency converter drives to be attached to the targeted Siemens S system and its associated modules.

Already have an account? Retrieved 18 February The worm then propagates across the network, scanning for Siemens Step7 software on computers controlling a PLC. Cyber attack on Iran ‘was carried out by Western powers and Israel’ Mr Parker found that this part of the attack must have been conceived by “some very talented individuals”, and the other by a less talented, or more rushed, group of developers. Majid Shahriaria quantum physicist was killed.

How Digital Detectives Deciphered Stuxnet, the Most Menacing Malware in History

Retrieved 22 January Retrieved 28 May Kaspersky Lab experts at first estimated that Eigital started spreading around March or April[41] but the first variant of the worm appeared in June Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant?

News from the Lab blog. Don’t plug essential hardware into the internet. Chaos Computer Club e.

Retrieved 2 June Exploiting four zero-day flaws[3] Stuxnet functions by targeting machines using the Microsoft Windows operating system and networks, then seeking out Siemens Step7 software. Join Date Dec Beans Hidden! Stuxnet, discovered by Sergey Ulasen, initially spread via Microsoft Windows, and targeted Siemens industrial deciphereed systems.

How Digital Detectives Deciphered Stuxnet, The Most Menacing Malware To Date

Don’t allow removable media in essential hardware. July 15th, 4. July 15th, 8. Posted July 13, Iran blamed for cyberattacks on U. Stuxnet specifically targets programmable logic controllers PLCswhich allow the automation of electromechanical processes such as those used to control machinery on factory assembly lines, amusement deciphreed, or centrifuges for digitql nuclear material.


I think it was in the second article But it seems like a lot of work for a whole lot of nothing if you ask me. On the same day two Iranian nuclear scientists were targeted in separate, but nearly simultaneous car bomb attacks near Dteectives Beheshti University in Tehran. Retrieved 19 January Retrieved 14 February Sanger 10 January Institute for Science and International Security.

The worm initially spreads indiscriminately, but includes a highly specialized malware payload that is designed to target only Siemens supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA systems that are configured to control and monitor specific industrial processes. Sandro Gaycken from the Free University Berlin argued that the attack on Iran was a ruse to distract from Stuxnet’s real purpose. The leading force behind Stuxnet is the cyber superpower — there is only one; and that’s the United States.

To prevent re-infection, Iran will have to exercise special caution since so many computers in Iran contain Stuxnet. Dang, Bruce; Ferrie, Peter 28 December The ISIS report further notes that Iranian authorities have attempted to conceal the breakdown by installing new centrifuges on a large scale. The industrial applications of motors with these parameters are diverse, detectves may include pumps or gas centrifuges. Additionally, Israel now expects that Iran will have a nuclear weapon in or — at least three stxunet later than earlier estimates — without the need for an Israeli military attack on Iranian nuclear facilities; “They seem to know something, that they have more time than originally thought”, he added.

Twenty-seven days later, the worm went back into action, slowing the infected centrifuges down to a few hundred hertz for a full 50 minutes. Khan stole in and took to Pakistan. The New York Times.