How Stux’d up are Iran’s nukes? 2 years looks like… at least…

‘Stuxnet virus set back Iran’s nuclear program by 2 years’

The Stuxnet virus, which has attacked Iran’s nuclear facilities and which Israel is suspected of creating, has set back the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program by two years, a top German computer consultant who was one of the first experts to analyze the program’s code told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

“It will take two years for Iran to get back on track,” Langer said in a telephone interview from his office in Hamburg, Germany. “This was nearly as effective as a military strike, but even better since there are no fatalities and no full-blown war. From a military perspective, this was a huge success.”

Langer spoke to the Post amid news reports that the virus was still infecting Iran’s computer systems at its main uranium enrichment facility at Natanz and its reactor at Bushehr.

Last month, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nation’s nuclear watchdog, said that Iran had suspended work at its nuclear-field production facilities, likely a result of the Stuxnet virus.

According to Langer, Iran’s best move would be to throw out all of the computers that have been infected by the worm, which he said was the most “advanced and aggressive malware in history.” But, he said, even once all of the computers were thrown out, Iran would have to ensure that computers used by outside contractors were also clean of Stuxnet.

“It is extremely difficult to clean up installations from Stuxnet, and we know that Iran is no good in IT [information technology] security, and they are just beginning to learn what this all means,” he said. “Just to get their systems running again they have to get rid of the virus, and this will take time, and then they need to replace the equipment, and they have to rebuild the centrifuges at Natanz and possibly buy a new turbine for Bushehr.”


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  1. You can rest assured that the Israelis were part of the attack when the JPost says that it was a great success and blew the Iranians backward.

    if they weren’t involved, it would be called a terrible failure and only an immediate rain of bombs on the Iranians would plainly save the world.

  2. Iran is a threat to Israel, of course. That is the raison d’etre of the Khamenei regime. But a country that is devoting its energy to the attempted destruction of a state with which it has no quarrel is crazy. And a crazy nation is a threat to the whole world.
    If Israel is the source of the Stuxnet virus, the whole world should be grateful. Needless to say, it won’t be. It doesn’t matter what Israel does. It is simply the most hated country on earth and that’s all there is to it.

  3. George, you’re more fixated on the world hating Israel than moat of the Israel-haters.

    Sheesh, George, even enemies have paranoids.

  4. It would be a boon to Israel’s reputation if it found a way to take credit for this thing more conspicuously. Technophiliac young people around the world would love the idea that Israel had found a non-violent, super-high tech way of subverting a nuclear program. So 4Chan, so l33t, so i-chic…

    They should find a way to quash the notion that it was the Chinese that did it, though if it turned out that it was a joint operation, or was played that way, that might also work well enough.

  5. “This was nearly as effective as a military strike, but even better since there are no fatalities and no full-blown war. From a military perspective, this was a huge success.”

    Now if only there were a way to follow stuxnet up with something subtle that causes an incident like a premature fissile explosion, or a way to poison fissile material with something that will result it’s being unusable. Oh, wait, perhaps there are ways.

    I imagine Iran is independently verifying every published and or stolen unpublished physical constant associated with nuclear weapons construction and assembly to several decimal places, and rechecking the backgrounds of every technician who will have access to their fissile material and process plans and specifications at and for every stage of the project. Just as I suppose there may be people who are fabricating or have fabricated disinformation touching on the reliability of Iranian technicians and scientists.

    Even paranoids can’t be paranoid enough.

  6. The more curious but trickier stunt was something Robert Littell suggested in a ‘Once and Future Spy’ smuggling radioactive material
    into proximity with a nuclear plant, triggering a chain reaction, no you can’t do that in Bushehr for obvious reason, but maybe other locations.

  7. Interesting with Ronen Bergmann, the author of the Newsweek story
    on the Stuixnet, his book has an anecdote that in the spring of 1978, Barzan al Tikriti, arrived in Tehran, telling the Shah, they were willing
    to get rid of Khomeini for them, while he was still in Karbala. opportunities lost

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