US and Israel were behind Stuxnet claims researcher

Basil Chupin blchupin at
Sat Mar 5 00:04:38 UTC 2011

Israel and the United States created the Stuxnet worm to sabotage Iran's 
nuclear programme, a leading security expert has claimed.

Ralph Langner told a conference in California that the malicious 
software was designed to cripple systems that could help build an 
Iranian bomb.

Mr Langner was one of the first researchers to show how Stuxnet could 
take control of industrial equipment.

It is widely believed that its target was machinery used to enrich uranium.

Speaking at the TED conference in Long Beach, California, Mr Langner 
said: "My opinion is that Mossad [Israel's intelligence agency] is 

However he speculated that Israel was not the main driver behind the 
creation of Stuxnet.

"There is only one leading source, and that is the United States," said 
Mr Langner.


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