Experts Fear Stuxnet Reverse Attack

    NATANZ, IRAN - APRIL 9:  A general view of the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, is seen on April 9, 2007, 180 miles south of Tehran, Iran. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced yesterday, April 9, that Iran has stepped up their Uranium enrichment programme, with up to 3,000 isotope separating centrifuges now in operation. The news has brought condemnation from the International Community and the UN. Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani confirmed the scaling-up of activity but declined to elaborate on the subject. (Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)

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    Stuxnet is a new kind of weapon, and it has experts worried. After a report in The New York Times on Friday revealed that a joint operation by U.S. and Israeli intelligent forces used Stuxnet to sabotage Iran’s nuclear enrichment program, the cybersecurity community began to fret over whether or not the Islamic Republic may be able to turn the gun back on the United States. “In some ways, I do feel as though we’ve been living in a glass house for years and now we’ve decided we’re going to invent rocks,” former NSA official Stewart Baker told reporters. According to the Times story, Obama made the decision to continue the Stuxnet program after the bug leaked to computers internationally in 2010.

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