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The world’s first known cyberweapon, the Stuxnet worm, has the potential to unleash global mayhem. This insidious self-replicating code can seize control of computer systems that run equipment in large industrial facilities, sabotaging key processes. Power plants, dams, oil pipelines, and other critical infrastructure all stand in the line of fire. Long shrouded in mystery, the origins of a 2010 worldwide Stuxnet epidemic were recently uncovered by Kaspersky Lab researchers. The first victims were five Iranian companies. All had close ties to Iran’s nuclear development facilities, now believed to be the primary target of the attacks. Our infographic traces the path of the digital weapon that raised the stakes in cyberwarfare to a whole new level.

Infographic: On the Trail of the Stuxnet Worm