Stuxnet worm has hit Iran nuclear plant weeks before the facility is to go online. Stuxnet worm is the first program designed to cause serious damage in the physical world. Over the past year, the worm has hit an unknown number of power plants, pipelines and factories. Since Iran has been the target for most of such infections, the virus is thought to have connected to western governments’ top secret sabotage campaign against Tehran’s nuclear program cites SiliconIndia.
SiliconIndia report states “Experts said that the worm attack is one of the most sophisticated pieces of malware ever detected. As per the report of Iran’s state-run Mehr news agency, the IP addresses of 30,000 computer systems infected by the worm had also been detected.”
Associated Press mentions that the destructive Stuxnet worm has surprised experts because it is the first one specifically created to take over industrial control systems, rather than just steal or manipulate data.