We go inside the Stuxnet worm cyber-attack on Iran’s nuclear push, and look at the reality of cyber-war.
For years now we’ve been warned of cyber-war. Digital warfare. Electronic worms and bugs that could pit nation against nation.
In the last week, we’ve essentially been told it’s on. The New York Times reports that the United States and Israel worked together to launch the “Stuxnet” worm against Iran’s nuclear program. That super-sophisticated code secretly buried in Iran’s equipment caused nearly a thousand nuclear centrifuges to tear themselves to pieces, setting Tehran’s ambitions back by years.
We unearth the Stuxnet worm, and look at the path of cyber warfare.
John Markoff, senior correspondent covering science and technology for the New York Times. Co-author of the new article, "Israeli Test on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay."
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This program aired on January 19, 2011.