Skip to comments.Russian experts flee Iran, escape dragnet for cyber worm smugglers
Posted on 10/03/2010 8:34:55 PM PDT by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass
debkafile's intelligence sources report from Iran that dozens of Russian nuclear engineers, technicians and contractors are hurriedly departing Iran for home since local intelligence authorities began rounding up their compatriots as suspects of planting the Stuxnet malworm into their nuclear program. Among them are the Russian personnel who built Iran's first nuclear reactor at Bushehr which Tehran admits has been damaged by the virus. One of the Russian nuclear staffers, questioned in Moscow Sunday, Oct. 3 by Western sources, confirmed that many of his Russian colleagues had decided to leave with their families after team members were detained for questioning at the beginning of last week. He refused to give his name because he and his colleagues intend to return to Iran if the trouble blows over and the detainees are quickly released after questioning.
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Run Russkis Run!!! LOL!
msp the israeli intelligence agency mossad working with russia current .
all I can say is mazal tov Simon tov!
Zero hour is approaching...
A really smart guy once said Halloween.
Hey Aminajob(sp): Chase out the Russians as you ask them to sell you the S-300 system.
It’s Debka. They have a 10% truth rating. Even the psychic hotline has a better record than Debka.
Debka file is NOT to be believed...
The Russians will stay in Iran. And Putin loves it.
When all your eggs are in a Russian basket, you are f$%&!
Teehehe....might just be a tad hard to go fully nuke when all of your data is gone?
The Russians have done this before
Wonder if this is the deal that Omama gave the Russians for pulling our interceptors out of Czech Republic?
Couldn’t have turned out better!
Zero hour is approaching...
Yes it is.
I wonder if the reactor is dead forever, along with much of Iran’s industry.
Would you be willing to load nuclear fuel into a reactor if it had been scrubbed by an anti-virus company and pronounced “clean”? What if something residual is left?
No way to know until it craps out in the middle of something vital. Same with a lot of other industrial installations.
And the Russians had it done to them at least once before:
Yes I know
Really?? Kinda irritating with these loudmouthed joos, issit?
I don’t think that Control/Alt/Delete is going to fix this one.
Believe the virus code gets compiled into the SCAD executable code. So if you do not update the SCAD software and do not recompile the code, you can keep a current clean system clean. Just disconnect it from the local net.
Man O man,
It sure would be fitting if Iran flipped the switch to turn its russian built nuke plant on and it melted down like Chernobyl.
Tee hee hee.
In the last day or two there have been rumors that the worm has invaded China.
If it has this ability there is NOTHING to keep it from visiting the U.S. or anyone else using Siemens.
Sooo, has fall finally hit Idaho?
since we have over 40 operational nuclear plants there, it bwould be a disaster.
>>or anyone else using Siemens.<<
I would think that our IT guys would be throwing up firewalls right now.
My DH took his company’s system totally off the net on Friday. He won’t let anyone hook up laptops or bring in USB sticks. It’s work but he is handling the Website himself from ONE laptop. Every bit of company business goes through him and he views everything in DOS before it’s opened.
Email is being handled through phones and an intranet system he set up a while ago.
The difference between us and China is that we know it’s coming.
Sad if true.
Almost as sad as US support to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
I read an article yesterday that suggests something I find plausible: the target wasn't the Bushehr reactor -- it was their uranium enrichment program. There is apparently some evidence that Stuxnet was programmed to lie in dormancy even after it found the targeted PLC, then act simultaneously.
If one or both of those PLCs were being used in the uranium centrifuges, then it wouldn't be difficult to destroy one, perhaps by spinning them out-of-control.
Or maybe it targeted both. I guess we will never know until we determine where those two PLC's were being used. In any event, it indicates that someone had inside knowledge and access.
Given the likely vector of attack, the best thing that anyone can do is disable the "autoplay" functionality in Windows XP. That's what runs a program automatically when you plug in a USB stick (or even put in a CD/DVD).
There's a PowerToy on Microsoft's website called TweakUI that does exactly that.
Thanks, I’m going to pass that along to my husband.
That's something I would like to know as well. Last year and this year I was summoned to San Diego at the start of Summer and missed all of the Summer in Idaho. The first trip was June 21, 2009 to Feb 5, 2010. The current trip started July 5, 2010 and continues. I really want to be home, but I have to carve out tasking from the work in San Diego that I can take home. The embedded systems work that provided me 6 years of work at the house in Idaho fell through the cracks when Obama arrived. Summer in San Diego was cold and gray.
...dozens of Russian nuclear engineers, technicians and contractors are hurriedly departing Iran for home since local intelligence authorities began rounding up their compatriots as suspects of planting the Stuxnet malworm... Among them are the Russian personnel who built Iran's first nuclear reactor at Bushehr which Tehran admits has been damaged by the virus.They're gettin' out of town ahead of the MOABs.
What “sleeping virus” is waiting to wake and destroy.
whoaaaaaa ha ha!!!!!!!
I was in L.A. for a week in early summer and it was chilly compared to usual.
I need to get back to Priest Lake.
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