October 12, 2010, 11:57 AM —
Analysis from the industrial control-systems maker Siemens reportedly backs speculation that Iran may have been the target of Stuxnet's attack and that Israel may have been involved.
-- a worm designed to attack industrial control systems such as those at Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant and was layered with what investigators called the most sophisticated methods seen in a worm to defeat antivirus software. Suspicion has focused on Israel as a possible source because of its opposition to the Iranian nuclear project and the tremendous sophistication of its security software and networking sectors. The code within the worm reportedly contains the date a prominent Iranian Jew was executed by the Islamic revolution in 1979, and a reference to the name Myrtus, a character who appears in the biblical story of Miriam.