A German computer security expert said Thursday he believes that the United States and Israel National Intelligence Agency (MOSSAS) were behind the 2010 malicious Stuxnet worm which attempted to attack Iran's nuclear program.
"My opinion is that the Mossad is involved," Ralph Langner said while discussing his in-depth Stuxnet analysis at a prestigious TED conference in the Southern California city of Long Beach.
There has been widespread speculation Israel was behind the Stuxnet worm that has attacked computers in Iran, and Tehran has blamed the Jewish state and the United States for the killing of two nuclear scientists in November and January.
"The idea behind Stuxnet computer worm is really quite simple," Langner said. "We don't want Iran to get the bomb."
The malicious code was crafted to stealthily take control of valves and rotors at an Iranian nuclear plant, according to Langner.
"It was engineered by people who obviously had inside information," he explained. "They probably also knew the shoe size of the operator."
According to Langner, one of the most horrifying aspects of the attack is that it is generic; the worm would work perfectly against national infrastructure in other countries such as the United States and in Europe. "We'd better start preparing right now." said Langner.