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    Worm hits computers of staff at Iran nuclear plant
    By NASSER KARIMI (AP)


    TEHRAN, Iran — A complex computer worm capable of seizing control of industrial plants has affected the personal computers of staff working at Iran's first nuclear power station weeks before the facility is to go online, the official news agency reported Sunday.

    The project manager at the Bushehr nuclear plant, Mahmoud Jafari, said a team is trying to remove the malware from several affected computers, though it "has not caused any damage to major systems of the plant," the IRNA news agency reported.

    It was the first sign that the malicious computer code, dubbed Stuxnet, which has spread to many industries in Iran, has also affected equipment linked to the country's nuclear program, which is at the core of the dispute between Tehran and Western powers like the United States.

    Experts in Germany discovered the worm in July, and it has since shown up in a number of attacks — primarily in Iran, Indonesia, India and the U.S.

    The malware is capable of taking over systems that control the inner workings of industrial plants.

    In a sign of the high-level concern in Iran, experts from the country's nuclear agency met last week to discuss ways of fighting the worm.

    The infection of several computers belonging to workers at Bushehr will not affect plans to bring the plant online in October, Jafari was quoted as saying.

    The Russian-built plant will be internationally supervised, but world powers are concerned that Iran wants to use other aspects of its civil nuclear power program as a cover for making weapons. Of highest concern to world powers is Iran's main uranium enrichment facility in the city of Natanz.

    Iran, which denies having any nuclear weapons ambitions, says it only wants to enrich uranium to the lower levels needed for producing fuel for power plants. At higher levels of processing, the material can also be used in nuclear warheads.

    The destructive Stuxnet worm has surprised experts because it is the first one specifically created to take over industrial control systems, rather than just steal or manipulate data.

    The United States is also tracking the worm, and the Department of Homeland Security is building specialized teams that can respond quickly to cyber emergencies at industrial facilities across the country.

    On Saturday, Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency reported that the malware had spread throughout Iran, but did not name specific sites affected.
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    I've been following this story for a while. What the article doesn't mention is the sheer complexity of this worm and the amount of new tricks it contains. The general consensus is that this is not the work of a few hackers but of a nation's security services.

    I spoke to a computer industry guy this evening about the worm and it's implications. Made for some interesting ideas. I'll try to find a link from a BBC story I read a few days ago.
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    Here's the article...


    23 September 2010 Last updated at 10:46 GMT Share this pageFacebookTwitter ShareEmail Print Stuxnet worm 'targeted high-value Iranian assets'By Jonathan Fildes

    Technology reporter, BBC News


    Some have speculated the intended target was Iran's nuclear power plant One of the most sophisticated pieces of malware ever detected was probably targeting "high value" infrastructure in Iran, experts have told the BBC.

    Stuxnet's complexity suggests it could only have been written by a "nation state", some researchers have claimed.

    It is believed to be the first-known worm designed to target real-world infrastructure such as power stations, water plants and industrial units.

    It was first detected in June and has been intensely studied ever since.

    "The fact that we see so many more infections in Iran than anywhere else in the world makes us think this threat was targeted at Iran and that there was something in Iran that was of very, very high value to whomever wrote it," Liam O'Murchu of security firm Symantec, who has tracked the worm since it was first detected, told BBC News.

    Some have speculated that it could have been aimed at disrupting Iran's delayed Bushehr nuclear power plant or the uranium enrichment plant at Natanz.

    However, Mr O'Murchu and others, such as security expert Bruce Schneier, have said that there was currently not enough evidence to draw conclusions about what its intended target was or who had written it.

    Initial research by Symantec showed that nearly 60% of all infections were in Iran. That figure still stands, said Mr O'Murchu, although India and Indonesia have also seen relatively high infection rates.

    'Rare package'

    Stuxnet was first detected in June by a security firm based in Belarus, but may have been circulating since 2009.

    Unlike most viruses, the worm targets systems that are traditionally not connected to the internet for security reasons.

    Instead it infects Windows machines via USB keys - commonly used to move files around - infected with malware.

    Once it has infected a machine on a firm's internal network, it seeks out a specific configuration of industrial control software made by Siemens.


    The worm searches out industrial systems made by Siemens Once hijacked, the code can reprogram so-called PLC (programmable logic control) software to give attached industrial machinery new instructions.

    "[PLCs] turn on and off motors, monitor temperature, turn on coolers if a gauge goes over a certain temperature," said Mr O'Murchu.

    "Those have never been attacked before that we have seen."

    If it does not find the specific configuration, the virus remains relatively benign.

    However, the worm has also raised eyebrows because of the complexity of the code used and the fact that it bundled so many different techniques into one payload.

    "There are a lot of new, unknown techniques being used that we have never seen before," he said These include tricks to hide itself on PLCs and USB sticks as well as up to six different methods that allowed it to spread.

    In addition, it exploited several previously unknown and unpatched vulnerabilities in Windows, known as zero-day exploits.

    "It is rare to see an attack using one zero-day exploit," Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at security firm F-Secure, told BBC News. "Stuxnet used not one, not two, but four."

    He said cybercriminals and "everyday hackers" valued zero-day exploits and would not "waste" them by bundling so many together.

    Microsoft has so far patched two of the flaws.

    'Nation state'

    Mr O'Murchu agreed and said that his analysis suggested that whoever had created the worm had put a "huge effort" into it.

    "It is a very big project, it is very well planned, it is very well funded," he said. "It has an incredible amount of code just to infect those machines."

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    His analysis is backed up by other research done by security firms and computer experts.

    "With the forensics we now have it is evident and provable that Stuxnet is a directed sabotage attack involving heavy insider knowledge," said Ralph Langner, an industrial computer expert in an analysis he published on the web.

    "This is not some hacker sitting in the basement of his parents' house. To me, it seems that the resources needed to stage this attack point to a nation state," he wrote.

    Mr Langner, who declined to be interviewed by the BBC, has drawn a lot of attention for suggesting that Stuxnet could have been targeting the Bushehr nuclear plant.

    In particular, he has highlighted a photograph reportedly taken inside the plant that suggests it used the targeted control systems, although they were "not properly licensed and configured".

    Mr O'Murchu said no firm conclusions could be drawn.

    However, he hopes that will change when he releases his analysis at a conference in Vancouver next week.

    "We are not familiar with what configurations are used in different industries," he said.

    Instead, he hopes that other experts will be able to pore over their research and pinpoint the exact configuration needed and where that is used.

    'Limited success'

    A spokesperson for Siemens, the maker of the targeted systems, said it would not comment on "speculations about the target of the virus".

    He said that Iran's nuclear power plant had been built with help from a Russian contractor and that Siemens was not involved.

    "Siemens was neither involved in the reconstruction of Bushehr or any nuclear plant construction in Iran, nor delivered any software or control system," he said. "Siemens left the country nearly 30 years ago."

    Siemens said that it was only aware of 15 infections that had made their way on to control systems in factories, mostly in Germany. Symantec's geographical analysis of the worm's spread also looked at infected PCs.

    "There have been no instances where production operations have been influenced or where a plant has failed," the Siemens spokesperson said. "The virus has been removed in all the cases known to us."

    He also said that according to global security standards, Microsoft software "may not be used to operate critical processes in plants".

    It is not the first time that malware has been found that affects critical infrastructure, although most incidents occur accidentally, said Mr O'Murchu, when a virus intended to infect another system accidentally wreaked havoc with real-world systems.

    In 2009 the US government admitted that software had been found that could shut down the nation's power grid.

    And Mr Hypponen said that he was aware of an attack - launched by infected USB sticks - against the military systems of a Nato country.

    "Whether the attacker was successful, we don't know," he said.

    Mr O'Murchu will present his paper on Stuxnet at Virus Bulletin 2010 in Vancouver on 29 September. Researchers from Kaspersky Labs will also unveil new findings at the same event.
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    the exact reason i put the word 'kids' in inverted commas you could also insert the word 'Mosad' for instance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommywho5150 View Post
    the exact reason i put the word 'kids' in inverted commas you could also insert the word 'Mosad' for instance.
    I understood you Tommy, and I agree with you. This has Mossad written all over it.

    We are entering a new and frightening age. Launch codes anyone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by graeme View Post
    I understood you Tommy, and I agree with you. This has Mossad written all over it.

    We are entering a new and frightening age. Launch codes anyone?
    I'm pretty sure ACS: Law just made them public (if you've been keeping up with their antics, i was contacted by a national newspaper about an hour ago for a comment as my name and details are some of thosethat have been leaked!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommywho5150 View Post
    I'm pretty sure ACS: Law just made them public (if you've been keeping up with their antics, i was contacted by a national newspaper about an hour ago for a comment as my name and details are some of thosethat have been leaked!)
    ACS Law are headed for a big fucking showdown with someone very soon.

    4Chan got involved in a big way and rightly so (if I understand what they did to the boss and his emails correctly). I heard SKY have terminated contact with ACS and, their bullying tactics aside, mass class action suits should follow.

    Whether or not someone downloaded porn or shared files, privacy laws dictate that these fuckers pay.

    Find some like minded locals and press this one tommy.

    ps. What was it? Tijuana interspecies erotica? Just curious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by graeme View Post
    ACS Law are headed for a big fucking showdown with someone very soon.

    4Chan got involved in a big way and rightly so (if I understand what they did to the boss and his emails correctly). I heard SKY have terminated contact with ACS and, their bullying tactics aside, mass class action suits should follow.

    Whether or not someone downloaded porn or shared files, privacy laws dictate that these fuckers pay.

    Find some like minded locals and press this one tommy.

    ps. What was it? Tijuana interspecies erotica? Just curious.
    you're not far off, they tried to prosicute me for downloading a legitimate patch for Windows Student Home Edition! they even supplied me with an I.P. adress which wasn't mine as evidence! they tried to scare me out of paying £495 or face court action, i sent them a letter etc and it seems to have 'gone away' (according to sources they only persue for about a month and then most cases are dropped, but some people have paid up!) the details that have leaked ar everyones home address, home phone numbers, mobile phone numbers any e-mal corrispondence(which could include sesitive data) and if you paid, details of how you paid including credit card details!!!
    it seems they did not fix their site after it was targeted by members of 4chan because of their tactics at scaring P2P users out of money. the good new in all this though, the owner (whose name escapes me right now and i can't be bothered to google him) also had details on there, namely e-mails between him and his wife while his marrage was breaking down (the prick deserves it) it also showed that he was THE ONLY solictor employed by the company!!!! talk about shady
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    Not because I have a great body, it's just an easy way to make sure I have the hotel swimming pool all to myself."...Bullwinkle for quite obvious reasons!

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    Four years later...

    September 26, 2014
    19 million Windows PCs still vulnerable to Stuxnet zero-day

    http://www.scmagazineuk.com/19-milli...rticle/373823/




    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    Worm hits computers of staff at Iran nuclear plant
    By NASSER KARIMI (AP)


    TEHRAN, Iran — A complex computer worm capable of seizing control of industrial plants has affected the personal computers of staff working at Iran's first nuclear power station weeks before the facility is to go online, the official news agency reported Sunday.

    The project manager at the Bushehr nuclear plant, Mahmoud Jafari, said a team is trying to remove the malware from several affected computers, though it "has not caused any damage to major systems of the plant," the IRNA news agency reported.

    It was the first sign that the malicious computer code, dubbed Stuxnet, which has spread to many industries in Iran, has also affected equipment linked to the country's nuclear program, which is at the core of the dispute between Tehran and Western powers like the United States.

    Experts in Germany discovered the worm in July, and it has since shown up in a number of attacks — primarily in Iran, Indonesia, India and the U.S.

    The malware is capable of taking over systems that control the inner workings of industrial plants.

    In a sign of the high-level concern in Iran, experts from the country's nuclear agency met last week to discuss ways of fighting the worm.

    The infection of several computers belonging to workers at Bushehr will not affect plans to bring the plant online in October, Jafari was quoted as saying.

    The Russian-built plant will be internationally supervised, but world powers are concerned that Iran wants to use other aspects of its civil nuclear power program as a cover for making weapons. Of highest concern to world powers is Iran's main uranium enrichment facility in the city of Natanz.

    Iran, which denies having any nuclear weapons ambitions, says it only wants to enrich uranium to the lower levels needed for producing fuel for power plants. At higher levels of processing, the material can also be used in nuclear warheads.

    The destructive Stuxnet worm has surprised experts because it is the first one specifically created to take over industrial control systems, rather than just steal or manipulate data.

    The United States is also tracking the worm, and the Department of Homeland Security is building specialized teams that can respond quickly to cyber emergencies at industrial facilities across the country.

    On Saturday, Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency reported that the malware had spread throughout Iran, but did not name specific sites affected.
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