The Stuxnet computer virus that was found in Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant in September “was nearly as effective as a military strike, but even better since there are no fatalities and no full-blown war,” a top Germancomputer consultant by the name of Langer told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.
Langer said it will take two years for Iran to get its nuclear program back on track. He also suggested that it would be easier for them to dispose of computers infected with the Stuxnet virus than it would be to try and remove it.
The virus infected the IP addresses of more than 30,000 computer systems, Iran’s state-run media announced on Sept. 26. It may have spread further since then.
Stuxnet is regarded as the first cyber weapon, although experts will argue that there are many like it and Stuxnet is just the first to be known in the mainstream. The creator of the virus is unknown, although Israel is suspected.
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