Anonymous Hackers Release Stuxnet Worm Online Designed to Penetrate Advanced Security Systems

The group of anonymous "hacktivists" that made headlines for online cyberattacks in December have now released a decrypted version of the same cyberworm that crippled Iran's nuclear power program.The ones and zeroes that make up the code called the Stuxnet worm -- described as the most sophisticated cyberweapon ever created -- were reportedly found when […]

The group of anonymous "hacktivists" that made headlines for online cyberattacks in December have now released a decrypted version of the same cyberworm that crippled Iran's nuclear power program.

The ones and zeroes that make up the code called the Stuxnet worm -- described as the most sophisticated cyberweapon ever created -- were reportedly found when the faceless group hacked into the computers of HBGary, a U.S. security company that the anonymous collective viewed as an enemy. And the security experts FoxNews.com spoke with said the leaked code was serious cause for concern.

Careful examination of the Stuxnet worm by armies of security analysts have shown it to be a cybermissile designed to penetrate advanced security systems. It was equipped with a warhead that targeted and took over the controls of the centrifuge systems at Iran's uranium processing center in Natanz, and it had a second warhead that targeted the massive turbine at the nuclear reactor in Bashehr.

Stuxnet was designed specifically to take over those control systems and evade detection, and it apparently was very successful. But Dave Aitel, CEO of Immunity Inc., painted a firm line between the version of the worm that destroyed Iran's nuclear plant and the code released by Anonymous.

"The stuxnet binary is widely available," Aitel told FoxNews.com. "The people who would use the binary would know how to find it."

"Now that pieces of that code become available, it's not a far step to others developing their own attack kits, Gregg told FoxNews.com. "Just because they don't have malicious intent with it doesn't mean others wouldn't.""

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