Stuxnet

  • First known sample

    2007
  • Discovery

    2010
  • Number of targets

    10000-300000
  • Current status

    Inactive since 2012
  • Type

    Worm
  • Targeted platforms

    Industrial SCADA systems
  • TOP targeted countries

    Iran
  • Connected attacks

  • The way of propagation

    File infection , LAN spreading , USB cables
  • Purpose/Functions

    Cybersabotage
  • Special features
    The first cyberweapon intended to cause actual physical damage
  • Targets

    Nuclear industry
  • Artefacts/Attribution
    allegedly a nation-state campaign
  • Description

    A destructive computer worm dating back to 2007 and thought to be the first known cyber-weapon. Stuxnet targeted Iran’s nuclear program, ultimately destroying nearly one-fifth of the country’s nuclear centrifuges. Initial infection was through a corrupted USB flash drive. Once it found programmable logic controllers, the malware would execute code that damaged the equipment the infected PC controlled.

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