The Stuxnet Computer virus trashed the Iranian nuclear program back in 2010, but the story behind how it ever got there in the first place was always hazy and full of rumors, up until now. An Intelligence correspondent has uncovered much of the story behind stuxnet, and it sounds like something right out of a spy movie. It turns out that the virus was planted onto computers in nuclear facilities by an Iranian double agent, using an infected flash drive. U.S. Officials suspect that the double agents involved in this attack were members of the “Mujahedeen-e-Khalq,” an Israeli group of spies and assassins sent in to stop the Iranian nuclear program and kill Iranian nuclear scientists.
The stuxnet virus has since then spread around the world, and yet will only cause damage to specific computers, further proof that it was designed with a specific target in mind. While U.S. ties to the creation of stuxnet remain unclear, the U.S. does have a history of using computer viruses for espionage. During the Cold War, U.S. agents infected Soviet computer systems to collect information, and have also planted viruses into Iraqi computers just before Desert Storm in the early 90’s.
Sorry folks, not much of a comedic spin on today’s story, I just thought it was really cool.