As some have surely seen, news of Iran and they’re nuclear program has gained the attention of millions. According to a source Iran has ‘Mastered the critical steps necessary to design and build a nuclear weapon.’ Perhaps even more interesting is the countermeasures to the potential threat. Iran nuclear facilities have apparently been under attack by a virus known as the “Stuxnet virus”.
Stuxnet was able to inflitrate Iran’s nuclear facility (Natanz) closed system. The Stuxnet virus was able to sift through the system and find specific software that is crucial to Natanz’s system operation. Stuxnet effectively sabotaged the Natanz system while showing that everything was functioning properly. Once engineers became aware that they’re system had been compromised over 1000 centrifuges had been replaced due to Stuxnet’s attack.
Stuxnet has been deemed an incredibly complex and sophisticated virus, that it is believed to have required a vast amount of resources to produce such a virus. The creators to this day are still unknown.
What I took from this was that realistically when we think of war we think of armies, munitions, etc. However as can be seen through this article, the realm of the cyber world already is and will continue to play a role in warfare.
Article Source: http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/08/tech/iran-stuxnet/