Stuxnet shock wave Discovered in 2010, the Stuxnet computer worm caused extensive damage, in particular to Iranian nuclear facilities, especially those of the Natanz city power station. This computer virus was not intended to steal data, but to spy on and sabotage industrial systems. Several specialized cybersecurity agencies have investigated the origins and design of Stuxnet, before concluding that this “extremely well-coded” malware was designed by the United States and Israel to curb Iran’s nuclear program. With Stuxnet, a new era was inaugurated: that of cyber warfare. In fact, it is with this particular virus that many experts, governments, companies, or even individuals realized that malware could have the power to start or stop global conflicts. There was clearly a before and after to Stuxnet.
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