Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Stuxnet worm: Military action against Iran averted at least for now?

Has the Stuxnet worm, thought to have been developed by Israel and/or the United States, averted for now the need to conduct a military strike against Iran?

For those who may not be familiar with the Stuxnet worm, this is a brief summary from Forbes:

"...the Stuxnet worm was designed and released by a government--the U.S. and Israel are the most common suspects--specifically to attack the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran..."

A German computer consultant by the name Langer, in an interview with The Jerusalem Post, said that the Stuxnet worm had done the work of a military strike and has set back the Iranian nuclear program two years. He has reportedly been able to study the Stuxnet code so that he understands the capability firsthand.

While this setback in terms of time is only speculation, any truth would offer the world community the opportunity to address the Iranian problem in a real way, as opposed to the current strategy of useless United Nations sanctions.

Said Langer in The Jerusalem Post interview, “...It is extremely difficult to clean up installations from Stuxnet, and we know that Iran is no good in IT [information technology] security, and they are just beginning to learn what this all means. Just to get their systems running again they have to get rid of the virus, and this will take time, and then they need to replace the equipment, and they have to rebuild the centrifuges at Natanz and possibly buy a new turbine for Bushehr...”

Let's hope that if true, there is some type of proactive action taken beyond sanctions while the opportunity still exists.

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