Stuxnet, the worm that allegedly targeted Iran's nuclear facilities, must have been nationally sponsored, claims a security expert.
Panda Security Laboratories Technical Director Luis Corrons told HÃ¼rriyet Daily News & Economic Review when the price of the worm is considered, it is very likely the Stuxnet work was supported by a national government.
Corrons spoke to the HÃ¼rriyet Daily News & Economic Review about an article in The New York Times article claiming the United States and Israel tested Stuxnet at Israel's Dimona complex before letting it loose on Iran.
Experts have speculated who created the sophisticated malware, from China to the United States to Israel. Corrons told the Daily News that after considering the political motivations and the clues within some of the worms' Trojans that seemingly pointed toward Israel.
The Stuxnet worm included one component created to send Iran’s centrifuges spinning out of control and another to record normal operations at the nuclear plant and then play them back so that everything would appear normal while the centrifuges were tearing themselves apart.
The exercise was allegedly conducted to replicate the environment at Bushehr and Natanz with nuclear centrifuges and other scenarios, Daily News said.
Corrons said the testing was a success, considering how well the attack worked and to what extent the Iranian nuclear program was interrupted.