Next generation Stuxnet worm in the works, says Iran news agency

Next generation Stuxnet worm in the works, says Iran news agency

Summary: An Iranian news agency says that a new worm more powerful than Stuxnet is being developed to disrupt the country's nuclear program.

TOPICS: Security

According to Iran's news agency, Saudi Arabian and Israeli spy agencies are working together to develop a worm powerful enough to sabotage the country's nuclear program.

Ian's FARS news agency reported the news -- far-fetched as it may sound -- that Stuxnet version 2 was discussed at a meeting between the two sides on November 24 in Vienna.

Citing "an informed source close to the Saudi secret service," the publication says that Saudi Arabia and Israel are attempting to create the next-generation malware to "disrupt Iran's nuclear program after they failed to block a nuclear deal between Tehran and the world powers." The anonymous source told FARS:

"One of the proposals raised in the meeting was the production of a malware worse than the Stuxnet (a comprehensive U.S.-Israeli program designed to disrupt Iran's nuclear technology) to spy on and destroy the software structure of Iran’s nuclear program."

The agency says that the project, which would require roughly $1 million in funding, was "welcomed" by Saudi officials, and was allegedly agreed upon in response to the deal struck on November 24 between the U.S., Iran, U.K., Russia, China, France and Germany. The interim nuclear deal will cap Iran's nuclear facilities and improve monitoring in return for billions in sanction relief, but has been branded by Israel's prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu as an "historic mistake."

According to the news agency, Saudi officials have called the deal the "West's treachery."

However, it is worth keeping in mind that the agency's editorial reliability has been called into question, after an entire satirical Onion story was lifted last year, claiming that 77 percent of rural white U.S. voters would rather have a beer with the Iranian leader than their own president. While Israel is unlikely to want to risk its relationship with the U.S., it may be that if true, the malware is being designed as backup if the nuclear deal stalls.

Topic: Security

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  • In other words

    Iran's going to muck something up due to their lack of knowledge and experience in reference to uranium enrichment, and are already crafting their cover story.
  • in other words...

    I think you're on to something William.
  • Being others.

    Through some accident in DNA, you were born who you are but you could have been born anyone, anywhere, any when. That includes being an Iranian nuclear scientist in the twenty first century or some completely anonymous peasant in the middle ages or any other where, when or who. If you are an Iranian, then you are right in what you aspire to. If you are a Stuxnet writer, you are right in what you aspire to. In each case, the aspiration doesn't leave the room and is not shared. It is an individual thing and the individual is an accident of chemistry and time. Life could be above all this but it isn't.
  • The Onion

    Imagine that you were in the room in 1988 with the founders of this amazing "news" source. As they kicked around the idea, you spoke up and encouraged them to imagine making up the wildest, most inane news stories they possibly could, and then told them that in the years to come their stories would fool GOVERNMENTS of major countries around the world, who would lift their "news" and reprint it as fact. Would they have believed you? Absolutely not!

    Yet ... it keeps happening.

    Brains. Does anybody use theirs anymore?