Learning a lesson from the Stuxnet attack, Iran has beefed up its cyber forces and poses a greater threat to the United States. Read More ..
At least, that was the word of warning from U.S. Air Force General William Shelton yesterday, according to Reuters. Speaking with reporters, Shelton said that the Iranian government has increased its cyber efforts since and as a result of being hit by Stuxnet.
In 2010, the infamous computer worm was unleashed in Iran and other countries. Designed to seize control of power grids and other industrial control systems, Stuxnet infected computers at Iran's Natanz nuclear enrichment facility. Since then, the worm has continued to hit other plants in Iran, according to the country's official news agency.
Though Stuxnet infected a variety of sites, many experts believe Natanz was the primary target. No one has officially taken credit for the worm, but sources have pointed the finger at the U.S. and Israel, both countries intent on preventing Iran from progressing too far with its nuclear program.