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Inside Stuxnet: Researcher Drops New Clues About Origin of Worm


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The mysterious Stuxnet worm took center stage at the Virus Bulletin 2010 conference here with a prominent security researcher dropping a raw hint that Israel may be behind the industrial-strength malware attack.

Symantec security researcher Liam O Murchu says he found the “05091979″ date in the Stuxnet code, a possible link to the May 9, 1979 execution of Jewish Iranian businessman and philantropist Habib Elghanian.

Ever since the discovery of the worm, which Microsoft says dates back to January 2009, there has been incessant speculation that Stuxnet is a nation-state attack against Iranian nuclear plants. We’ve heard murmurings of biblical references and public confirmation that Iran’s Buescher nuclear reactor was the main target.

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