The Computer Virus Stuxnet Almost Prompted World War 3
Could a computer virus start a war? Stuxnet proved it is certainly in the realm of possibility. In 2010, a computer virus that was 20 times more complex than any previous virus code was found in the data banks of power plants, traffic control systems, and factories all over the world. Stuxnet, which has been called "cyber-warfare's Hiroshima," had the ability to turn off the pressure inside nuclear reactors and switch off oil pipelines. Not only that, Stuxnet could tell the system operators that everything was running as normal when it was not.
The virus had a main mission: to shut down the centrifuges that spin nuclear material at Iran's enrichment facilities. And it was the world's first weapon made entirely out of code. But who is behind Stuxnet? It's still a mystery. There are rumors it is Israel, the United States, or the company Siemens. Neither the U.S. nor Israel has confirmed any involvement with Stuxnet. Learn more about Stuxnet, and how computer viruses work, with these videos.
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