Monday, January 24, 2011

Misunderstanding Israel and Stuxnet

I can't believe London's Daily Telegraph has the gall to write this kind of stuff (Hat Tip: Jihad Watch).

Separate investigations by US nuclear experts have discovered that Stuxnet worked by increasing the speed of uranium centrifuges to breaking point for short periods. At the same time it shut off safety monitoring systems, hoodwinking operators that all was normal.

Mr Parker found that this part of the attack must have been conceived by "some very talented individuals", and the other by a less talented, or more rushed, group of developers.

The element written by the first group, which was activated after Stuxnet reached its target and is known as the "payload", is very complex, well designed and effective, according to Mr Parker's analysis. He believes this is evidence of the involvment of a major Western power or powers - potentially including Britain - because they have both the scarce cyber expertise, and access to the tightly-regulated nuclear equipment necessary to test the virus.

In contrast, the way Stuxnet was distributed and its "command and control" features, which allow it to be remotely altered, include many errors and are poorly protected from surveillance.

"It's a bit like spending billions on a space shuttle and then launching it using the remote control from a £15 toy car," said Mr Parker.


"Either the authors did not care if the payload was discovered by the general public, they weren’t aware of these techniques, or they had other limitations, such as time," said Mr Lawson.

However, the apparently cheap wrapping of an expensive package points to Israel as the distributing power, said Mr Parker.

Have Mr. Parker or Mr. Lawson or Mr. Williams (the Telegraph reporter) compared Israel's programming skills with Britain's (or for that matter with the US's) lately?

It's a pity that no one at the Mossad is able to answer this one. What a bunch of rubbish.

Labels: Iranian nuclear program, Mossad, Stuxnet

posted by Carl in Jerusalem

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