Wired: The first sign of the Stuxnet virus wasn’t discovered by computer security researchers. Instead, in January investigators with the. This is a story that I missed when it was published last summer, but Wired has a great article about how the Stuxnet worm was discovered. How digital detectives deciphered Stuxnet, the most menacing look into those that decoded the spread and implementation of Stuxnet.

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An indepth look into Stuxnet”. China[] Jordanand France are other possibilities, and Siemens may have also participated. While it is not the first time that hackers have targeted industrial systems, [12] nor the first publicly known intentional act of cyberwarfare to be implemented, it is the first discovered malware that spies on and subverts industrial systems, [13] and the first to include a programmable logic controller PLC rootkit.

According to Hamid Alipour, deputy head of Iran’s government Information Technology Company, “The attack is still ongoing and new versions of this virus are spreading.

How Digital Detectives Deciphered Stuxnet, the Most Menacing Malware in History

Retrieved 16 January He difital the office on July 1, The worm then propagates across the network, scanning for Siemens Step7 software on computers controlling a PLC. Retrieved 14 February July 15th, 5. July 15th, Cyber attack on Iran ‘was carried out by Western powers and Israel’ Mr Parker found that this part of the attack must have been conceived by “some very talented individuals”, and the other by a less talented, or more rushed, group of developers.


This would make a great book or movie. More shocking is that all four zero-day sploits used by the malware was public but yet not patched by Microsoft.

How Digital Detectives Deciphered Stuxnet – the Most Menacing Malware in History

There has also been decipheed on the involvement of the United States and its collaboration with Israel, [] [] with one report stating that “there is vanishingly little doubt that [it] played a role in creating the worm. Retrieved from ” https: They’ve obviously moved on a couple of generations to Series 7 and Step7, but the STL code snippets still look familiar. WannaCry ransomware attack Westminster cyberattack Petya cyberattack cyberattacks on Ukraine Equifax data breach Deloitte breach Disqus breach.

It is not clear whether this attack attempt was successful, but it being followed by a different, simpler and more conventional attack is indicative. And in a bit of nice timing, Zetter has officially committed to writing a book, tentatively titled Countdown To Zero Day, expanding on the tale. Retrieved 3 October He believes this is evidence of the involvment of a major Western power or powers – potentially including Britain – because they have both the scarce cyber expertise, and access to decilhered tightly-regulated nuclear equipment necessary digltal test the virus.

I was waiting for the author to introduce “Jack Ryan” or “Dirk Pitt” to the plot, dfciphered, last minute save the day heroes.

Note, the interesting section stuxhet Iran’s uranium enrichment program and broken centrifuges. Stuxnet requires specific slave variable-frequency drives frequency converter drives to be attached to the targeted Siemens S system and its associated modules. They demonstrated the capability Wired speculated that the assassinations could indicate that whoever was behind Stuxnet felt that it was not sufficient to stop the nuclear program.


Retrieved 13 May On 1 Septembera new digktal was found, thought to be related to Stuxnet. Strategic Command, had leaked information related to Stuxnet.

Stuxnet – Wikipedia

Join Date Dec Beans Hidden! Ubuntu Forums Code of Conduct. Stuxnet has three modules: Duqu — The precursor to the next Stuxnet Version 1.

Very well written article If both the conditions are fulfilled, Stuxnet introduces the infected rootkit onto the PLC and Step7 software, modifying the codes and giving unexpected commands to the PLC while returning a loop of normal operations system values feedback to the users.

Bumgarner pointed out that the centrifuges used to process fuel for nuclear weapons are a key target for cybertage operations and that they can be made to destroy themselves by manipulating their rotational speeds.

Retrieved 17 February By neilt0July 11, in Lounge. Sign In Sign Up. On 25 Decemberan Iranian semi-official news agency announced there was a cyberattack by Stuxnet, this time on the industries in the southern area of the country.

Archived from the original on 3 October A Malware Anniversary to Remember Once in a while, a piece of malware will come along that grabs headlines.