Reuters: US launched a failed Stuxnet-like assault on North Korea

Reuters: US launched a failed Stuxnet-like attack on North Korea

Iran wasn’t the one nation that had its nuclear ambitions focused by a sneaky US cyberattack. It seems the American authorities additionally tried to take down North Korea’s nuclear packages with the Stuxnet worm 5 years in the past, Reuters stories. However there was one main distinction: That assault finally flamed out. Whereas the US managed to get Stuxnet into Iran’s nuclear amenities (reportedly by hacking suppliers), which finally led to the destruction of greater than a thousand uranium enriching centrifuges, it by no means managed to get it into North Korea’s core techniques. It seems having a particularly remoted community labored in North Korea’s favor. That is notably ironic since Stuxnet shortly made its method out of Iran and wreaked havoc throughout the online.

Sources say Stuxnet’s builders created a particular model of the virus that might have been activated when it encountered Korean language settings. Since North Korea can also be utilizing Siemens software program on Home windows-powered machines for its nuclear program, it might have suffered an identical destiny as Iran if the assault succeeded.

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