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New Dirt on the Stuxnet Worm & Cyber War

We go inside the Stuxnet worm cyber-attack on Iran’s nuclear push, and look at the reality of cyber-war.

Iranian technicians work at the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran, Nov. 23, 2010 (AP)

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.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

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.”

James Lewis, senior fellow and director of the technology and public policy program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Bruce Schneier, author and expert on security and technology.  Author of “Schneier on Security.”

Eric Chien, researcher at the computer security company Symantec who has been studying the Stuxnet worm.

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