New Computer Malware May Presage Another Cyberattack, Potentially on Iran
By: R.M. Schneiderman, Newsweek's: The Daily Beast
Roughly a year ago, the era of cyberwar officially began with the revelation that a complex computer worm called Stuxnet, allegedly designed in the U.S and tested in Israel, had sabotaged the Iranian nuclear facility in Natanz.
It was, as Stewart Baker, the former general counsel of the U.S. National Security Agency, told Newsweek
last December, “the first time we’ve actually seen a weapon created by a
state to achieve a goal that you would otherwise have used multiple
cruise missiles to achieve.”
Now a new
variant of malicious software called Duqu, which uses remarkably similar
coding, has emerged, and though security analysts remain divided as to
whether Stuxnet’s creators are responsible, many concede that Duqu could
very well be a precursor to yet another cyberattack.