Stuxnet Malware Mystery Deepens: Another Hint Of Israeli Origins

Marcus Baram
Huffington Post

It’s like a 21st-century version of a John Le Carre novel, in which all the dashing spies have been replaced by computer geeks.

The mystery continues to deepen over the origin of one of the world’s most damaging computer viruses — Stuxnet — which some experts believe is targeted at Iran’s nuclear power plants, slowing that country’s quest for a nuclear weapon.

On Tuesday, a German computer specialist offered a hint that Israel may be behind the sophisticated malware, by demonstrating that a file inside the code uses the word “Myrtus” — which could be a reference to the Book of Esther, the Old Testament story about how the Jews prevented a nefarious plot by the Persians, according to the New York Times.

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