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STUXNET: ANATOMY OF THE FIRST WEAPON MADE ENTIRELY OUT OF CODE

Stuxnet is the first computer virus (precisely a “worm”) created to target, study, infect and subvert only industrial systems, namely Siemens’.

Having discriminately attacked five Iranian organizations, with the probable target widely suspected to be uranium enrichment infrastructure in Iran (centrifuges), Stuxnet has been considered the first weapon consisting entirely of code.
Unlike most viruses, Stuxnet rests silent until he finds Siemens software inside a Windows system and exploits four different zero-day attacks (previously unknown vulnerabilities of computer applications), it only attacks specific systems, contains safeguards to prevent each infected computer from spreading the worm to more than three others, and is configured to erase itself on 24 June 2012.

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