The Stuxnet virus hit the news this week after it was found to be one of the most advanced viruses ever come across by analysts.
The virus is capable of grabbing large amounts of data from networks. This story has been featured on multiple news sites, including Ars Technica.
Iran has nuclear facilities that it is proud of, due it its technological advancement and power that the missiles being produced actually have. This has attracted the attention of the United States, and also nearby country Israel.
The virus was designed to gather information about the nuclear efforts being made, and also break some of the equipment to halt the development of missiles which could be dangerous to Israel, US and other countries around the world.
Sadly, the virus leaked out and was captured by analysts who expressed it was extremely advanced. This is because it has been
developed by two governments, who are capable of hiring the best programmers in the world and making them sign contracts to say they can never speak of their work, if they were asked to do this however is beyond us.
In 2010, the Stuxnet virus escaped out of the private Natanz network and became available for the public, which is a major issue. Blame was thrown to and forth between Israel and the United States on who’s fault it was. It may have slipped out on a laptop taken out of the plant, or a USB disk somewhere along the line. The problem with viruses is they spread, and this can mean they get out of control. The US and Israel have admitted they let the virus get out of control. Perhaps they tried to get more information than they should of, and it led to this happening.
The funny thing is, Stuxnet is actually old news now. There are other malware and viruses out there which are more advanced and dangerous, but only lately has the reason for this virus being released come to light, and that is why it has hit the attention of the news and media once again.