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    A computer virus that has infected more than 60,000 machines in Iran may be a sophisticated cyber-warfare attack on Iran's clandestine nuclear arms program, according to software experts. The "Stuxnet Worm" was detected in July but has since evolved through a number of refinements. This virus is distinct because it is designed to attack the software that controls machinery in a specific industrial installation. Industry experts have speculated that the target could be the Natanz facility, where Iran conducts its nuclear enrichment program. Western computer software engineers have spent months examining the virus, which remains focused on Iran, although smaller outbreaks have occurred in Indonesia, India and Pakistan. Link

    A complex computer worm has infected the personal computers of staff at Iran's first nuclear power station, the official IRNA news agency reported.
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    Stuxnet is a Windows-specific computer worm first discovered in June 2010 by VirusBlokAda, a security firm based in Belarus. It is notable because it is the first discovered worm that spies on and reprograms industrial systems. It was specifically written to attack SCADA systems which are used to control and monitor industrial processes. Stuxnet includes the capability to reprogram the programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and hide the changes.

    Stuxnet attacks Windows systems using four zero-day attacks (including the CPLINK vulnerability and a vulnerability used by the Conficker worm) and targets systems using Siemens' WinCC/PCS 7 SCADA software. A Siemens spokesperson said that the worm was found on 15 systems with five of the infected systems being process manufacturing plants in Germany. Siemens claims that no active infections have been found and there were no reports of damages caused by the worm. Symantec claims that the majority of infected systems were in Iran.

    Has World War III already started?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew49 View Post
    A computer virus that has infected more than 60,000 machines in Iran may be a sophisticated cyber-warfare attack on Iran's clandestine nuclear arms program, according to software experts. The "Stuxnet Worm" was detected in July but has since evolved through a number of refinements. This virus is distinct because it is designed to attack the software that controls machinery in a specific industrial installation. Industry experts have speculated that the target could be the Natanz facility, where Iran conducts its nuclear enrichment program. Western computer software engineers have spent months examining the virus, which remains focused on Iran, although smaller outbreaks have occurred in Indonesia, India and Pakistan. Link

    A complex computer worm has infected the personal computers of staff at Iran's first nuclear power station, the official IRNA news agency reported.
    The BBC

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    Stuxnet is a Windows-specific computer worm first discovered in June 2010 by VirusBlokAda, a security firm based in Belarus. It is notable because it is the first discovered worm that spies on and reprograms industrial systems. It was specifically written to attack SCADA systems which are used to control and monitor industrial processes. Stuxnet includes the capability to reprogram the programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and hide the changes.

    Stuxnet attacks Windows systems using four zero-day attacks (including the CPLINK vulnerability and a vulnerability used by the Conficker worm) and targets systems using Siemens' WinCC/PCS 7 SCADA software. A Siemens spokesperson said that the worm was found on 15 systems with five of the infected systems being process manufacturing plants in Germany. Siemens claims that no active infections have been found and there were no reports of damages caused by the worm. Symantec claims that the majority of infected systems were in Iran.

    Has World War III already started?
    I think the biggest threat thats out there is Pakistan. The first start of world war 3 will start there. Iran is only a side show to keep the yanks at home happy.

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    There was the mosts peculiar report last week about US nuclear installations being attacked by little UFOs. So bizarre that I didn't post it for fear of the consequences for reputation etc.

    I'll see if I can dig it out.

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    There you go - Reuters ran with it and only UFO sites picked it up.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS1...10+PRN20100915

    These guys say they saw small flying objects at the bases they worked on, up to 2003. This doesn't explain why they thought they were UFOs, or why they have waited until 2010 to talk about them. Book coming out, maybe?

    Sorry this is not directly on topic, but in a way it's surprising how little weaponry appears to have changed in the last fifty years.

    Obama widely publicised a move into Cyberwar preparations within months of coming to power.

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    Stuxnet is a Windows-specific computer worm
    The stupidity of government agencies using computers with a NSA backdoor (in Windows) boggles the mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    There you go - Reuters ran with it and only UFO sites picked it up.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS1...10+PRN20100915

    These guys say they saw small flying objects at the bases they worked on, up to 2003. This doesn't explain why they thought they were UFOs, or why they have waited until 2010 to talk about them. Book coming out, maybe?

    Sorry this is not directly on topic, but in a way it's surprising how little weaponry appears to have changed in the last fifty years.

    Obama widely publicised a move into Cyberwar preparations within months of coming to power.
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    The stupidity of government agencies using computers with a NSA backdoor (in Windows) boggles the mind.
    It's 1976, at an airport in Japan an aircraft never seen before in Japan drops undetected onto the runway. One Victor Belenko had just delivered a MIG 25 Foxbat to the Japanese and inevitably to the CIA. This one aircraft had caused consternation in the west for 15 years as it was faster and higher flying than any other combat aircraft. And here the CIA had one on a plate. The thing was then stripped and examined and there followed a report that whilst accepting it's performance, concluded it was crude and primitive - made of steel rather than titanium and far inferior to western aircraft in terms of technology.

    Strangely this crude aircraft, then nearly 30 years old, proved invulnerable to interception during the Gulf war despite F16's, F15's et al busting a gut to get near enough to shoot one down. One of the things the CIA sneered at was the fact that the Foxbat used valves in its radar. This was due to the embargo on hi-tech export to the USSR according to the CIA, but the fact that the valves were less vulnerable to the "flash" of RF produced by the nuclear air-to-air missiles the US possessed had something to do with it.
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    **** man - it's a way more enlightened way to attack what you don't like than using a real virus or disputing atoms.

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    From today's Indo :-

    http://www.independent.ie/national-n...s-2363474.html

    YouTube of the experiment described in the piece.
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocuemvb46us"]YouTube - Stuxnet demo in Virus Bulletin 2010 conference[/ame]

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    Alex jones was making a big deal about this stunt . He made the rather valid point imo , that Iranian nukes are unlikley to be found and infected on 'the world wide web' .
    More 'fear mongering' methinks . By an internet security company too . Now thats a surprise !

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    Quote Originally Posted by StewieG View Post
    Alex jones was making a big deal about this stunt . He made the rather valid point imo , that Iranian nukes are unlikley to be found and infected on 'the world wide web' .
    More 'fear mongering' methinks . By an internet security company too . Now thats a surprise !
    Not nukes I don't think, but there must be a lot of basic systems that are used in their work.

    The virus exists. No one can anticipate exactly what effects it will have world wide.

    They have also found that the country worst affected is Iran, which by last week had reported around three in every five infections worldwide. It has not taken long for the implications to be spelt out. Ralf Langner, a German analyst with detailed knowledge of Siemens systems, had this to say on his personal blog: "Can we think of any reasonable target that would match the scenario? Yes, we can. Look at the Iranian nuclear programme. Strange -- they are having some technical difficulties down there in Bushehr."

    Bushehr is a nuclear power station which has been built by Russia for Iran and which, within a fortnight of Mr Langner's posting, confirmed that its opening had been delayed by two months, to January.

    Mr Langner even found a photograph taken inside the plant showing a computer screen -- configured, he said, to run a Siemens operating system affected by Stuxnet and, moreover, configured wrongly so that it was vulnerable to bugs.

    Iran has subsequently confirmed that computers run by Bushehr scientists have been infected, though it insists the plant itself is undamaged.

    Another German analyst, Frank Rieger, went further. Bushehr is disliked by Iran's enemies, but not nearly as much as its separate uranium enrichment programme, which the West believes is part of a nuclear weapons programme.

    Since last year, mystery has surrounded its main facility at a place called Natanz, where the number of working centrifuges, the main enrichment devices, suddenly fell by 15pc -- at the very time Stuxnet is first thought to have hit Iran

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    Im sorry to go off topic but does anyone here experience 'slowness' on certain Irish political sites ? I mean tecnically,internet wise , not 'intellectually' !

    I find I can skip about the net most times , yet when I go to certain sites (and login) . Things slow down . Anyone else find that ?
    This site works fine though .

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    Quote Originally Posted by StewieG View Post
    Im sorry to go off topic but does anyone here experience 'slowness' on certain Irish political sites ? I mean tecnically,internet wise , not 'intellectually' !
    I wouldn't be jumping to conclusions just yet. The reason is probably all that extra crap that some sites use (analytics, facebook/twitter widgets from social media sites). Depending on where in the page these javascript inclusions are placed, a slow serving site can slow down the entire rendering of a webpage. The effect of most of this slowly served junk is that the page will begin to load, freeze, load some more and freeze again and then finally load.

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    Computer virus causes computer problem - Who'd have seen that one coming?

    It's amazing that 10 years after the great Y2K scam we're still disposed to believe tales of mayhem and catastrophe from the IT sector.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron von Biffo View Post
    It's amazing that 10 years after the great Y2K scam we're still disposed to believe tales of mayhem and catastrophe from the IT sector.
    Well the Y2K problem was real and there was a lot of genuine work involved in sorting out the problems. There were cowboys and snakeoil salesmen who exploited it. The most idiotic stuff about Y2K was written by "technology" journalists who hadn't a clue about computers or technology claiming that the problem didn't exist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmcc View Post
    Well the Y2K problem was real and there was a lot of genuine work involved in sorting out the problems. There were cowboys and snakeoil salesmen who exploited it. The most idiotic stuff about Y2K was written by "technology" journalists who hadn't a clue about computers or technology claiming that the problem didn't exist.

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    Russia, Africa and, I think, China ignored the whole thing yet on the 1st of January 2000 they weren't devastated by planes falling from the sky, hospitals shutting down or toasters burning the bread.

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