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Experts: Israel’s Cyber-Defense Can Stop Stuxnet Worm

Posted by Glezele Vayne on October 4, 2010


This just keeps getting better everyday. — Ellie Katz

by David Lev

There are tens of thousands of attempted virus attacks on Israeli systems each week – but Israel is “well-equipped” to fend off an onslaught of computer viruses, such as the one that has plagued Iran in recent months, experts say.

Iran has been struggling to control a virulently destructive, surprisingly agile computer virus known as Stuxnet, which has invaded – and hijacked – over 30,000 computers in Iran. Unlike standard viruses, Stuxnet is especially destructive, as it attempts to take control of a computer’s programmable logic controller (PLC), which runs supervisory control and data acquisition software (SCADA) of machinery and industrial systems, like the ones that control manufacturing, energy production, and other critical infrastructure.

Bushehr Technician

Stuxnet is seen as especially sophisticated, as well, because the PLCs it attacks – it seems to favor systems made by Germany’s Siemens, which, by coincidence, are heavily used in Iran – are based on obtuse programming language, not on Windows or Linux, like most viruses. And, according to security experts, Stuxnet has the ability to hide its tracks – erasing traces of its activity recorded in computer logging systems – making detection all the more difficult.

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Coding of Virus Attacking Iran May Refer to Queen Esther

Posted by Glezele Vayne on October 3, 2010


By Maayana Miskin

Iranian Intelligence Minister Heider Moslehi said Sunday that his country is under cyber attack, and blamed the United States and Israel. Iranian officials initially admitted that their country had been hit by the Stuxnet computer virus, but insisted that the damage was minimal.

Iran has been forced to push back the opening of the nuclear plant in Bushehr. Senior Information and Technology official Hamid Alipour admitted that while Iranian officials had hoped to clean up the virus in under two months, that hope had been proven unrealistic. “The virus is not stable, and since we started the cleanup process, three new versions have been spreading,” he said.

Stuxnet hit Iran much harder than any other nation, affecting an estimated 62,000 systems. A total of 100,000 computers are thought to have been hit with the virus worldwide. The virus was made to target software created by the German company Siemens; Iran relies heavily on Siemens systems.

Israel has been among the top suspects in the creation of the Stuxnet worm, due both to Israeli opposition to Iran’s unsupervised nuclear program, and to the complexity of the virus, which experts say could only have been created by a team with significant funding, resources and expertise.

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Stuxnet; Almost Worth the Wait

Posted by Glezele Vayne on September 29, 2010


An alarmed Iran asks for outside help to stop rampaging Stuxnet malworm

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Iran: Dimona is in Our Crosshairs

Posted by Glezele Vayne on August 27, 2010


An unnamed senior officer in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards warned Thursday that Iran would strike Israel if it is targeted, no matter who the attacker is.

According to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai, the officer said, “Iran has thousands of surface-to-surface missiles, including improved Zelzal-2 and Al-Fatah 110 missiles, with which it will set alight all of the oil towns, facilities and infrastructures of the neighboring countries, if these serve as platforms for attacking it.”

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Obama and N. Korea! (Featuring Lil KimJong)

Posted by Glezele Vayne on July 2, 2009


North Korea Warns Barack Obama: “Fire Shower of Nuclear Retaliation” if Provoked [FOX News]

From Schmoozing with Elya & Ellie Katz

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