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Stuxnet’s “Secret Twin” Was Even More Damaging and Better Hidden

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Stuxnet’s “Secret Twin” Was Even More

Damaging and Better Hidden

schnell writes | 11 hours ago

From: http://beta.slashdot.org/submission/3129411/stuxnets-secret-twin-was-even-more-damaging-and-better-hidden

schnell writes “Cyberdefense analyst Ralph Langner reports the results of a lengthy investigation into Stuxnet in Foreign Affairs, revealing that the Stuxnet we know was only the later and more obvious part of a sophisticated cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program. Two years before the release of the better-known Stuxnet variant, an original version was launched with a more subtle and stealthy mission — wearing down centrifuges gradually through improper overuse. While it couldn’t spread itself as easily as the later Stuxnet, it was deliberately designed to degrade centrifuges slowly and remain invisible. The author also speculates that the discovery of the later Stuxnet version was actually beneficial to the US, since if another country was outed first as having engaged in cyberwarfare, it would seem a “Pearl Harbor” that made the US look weak in terms of its cyberwar capabilities.”

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