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Monday, November 29, 2010

Your Morning "Too Good Not To Be True" Stuxnet News

Fox News had an interesting article on Friday about the stuxnet malware, and how it was ingeniously constructed to disrupt the Iranian nuclear program:
"In other words the worm was designed to allow the Iranian program to continue but never succeed, and never to know why."
But that is not what this post is about.

In other news, two senior Iranian nuclear scientists were just assassinated in Iran.

But that is not what this post is about.

This post is about the possible connection between the two events, as reported by DEBKAfile:
Prof. Majid Shahriari, who died when his car was attacked in North Tehran Monday, Nov. 29, headed the team Iran established for combating the Stuxnet virus rampaging through its nuclear and military networks. His wife was injured. The scientist's death deals a major blow to Iran's herculean efforts to purge its nuclear and military control systems of the destructive worm since it went on the offensive six months ago.


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  1. Prof. Majid Shahriari, who died when his car was attacked in North Tehran
    Prof. Shahriari should have flew.

  2. This might even be connected to the Wikileaks dump. We have only seen a few hundred documents out of the 250,000+ files supposedly being released. But rumors are running wild.

  3. We shouldn't rejoice at the death of a fellow man, but ... yessssssssss!!!!!!!

  4. Absolutely. I reacted similarly earlier today while reading a post about the Stuxnet story on HotAir . . . trying to imagine what dark thoughts the Iranian security forces must have been going through while trying to figure out how this cyber attack had happened, and who was responsible.

    Here was an interesting fact cited in the WaPo story:

    "Salehi said Shahriari was 'in charge of one of the biggest projects' of Iran's nuclear program, the agency said, but it did not specify which program.

    'The enemy took our dearest flower, but must know that this nation, through resistance and all its might, will make efforts to remove problems and achieve its desires,' Salehi said.

    Shahriari also was known for his involvement in a regional, non-nuclear scientific research project - called Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East, or SESAME - in which Israel also participated. He is the second Iranian scientist involved in that program to be assassinated in Tehran.

    The SESAME project is based in Jordan, under the auspices of the United Nations. It includes scientists from several Middle Eastern countries. The involvement of both Iran and Israel makes the project unusual, because Israel is not recognized by Iran and has no ties to the Islamic Republic. Palestinian scientists also participate."

    Looks like they may have concluded he was "the one."

  5. Evidently the price of failure is a bit extreme over there.

  6. I talk about the issues, here.


  7. Computer viruses often alter their target systems to disable anti-virus software that can scan for them.

    It seems that Stuxnet has a particularly robust version of this self protection.

  8. The plot thickens. These are very interesting and encouraging developments.

    One hopes there is no paper trail on all this covert activity leading to another WikiLEAK. These do seem to be far smarter folks than Hillary.