Friday, 8 July 2016

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The world's first cyberweapon successfully knocked out roughly one-fifth of Iran's nuclear centrifuges, but it brought with it an unintended consequence: The rise of an Iranian hacker army.

That's one of the many takeaways to come from a new film premiering on Friday called "Zero Days," which examines the history behind the Stuxnet worm — a joint US-Israeli computer virus that led to real world physical destruction.

Stuxnet was rather brilliant in its execution: After Iran's Natanz nuclear enrichment facility was infected, it recorded the normal processes for 13 days, then it sped up or slowed down centrifuges until they destroyed themselves. But the plant's operators would see that everything was working normally on their computer screens, and their emergency shutoff switches would do nothing.

Iran initially thoughts its scientists were incompetent, never suspecting a virus. But eventually it became wise to the US-Israeli operation known as Olympic Games, hardening its own computer networks and building its own offensive hacker division to take on the outside world.

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