In June of 2010 the Stuxnet worm made it's debut to the world. Joint engineered by the United States and Israel to cripple Iran's nuclear efforts, it wasn't long before the worm was altered and turned loose on the internet spawning a number of variations of the original worm and affecting computers around the world!
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Stuxnet is a computer worm discovered in June 2010 that was jointly created by the US and Israel to slow Iran’s nuclear efforts.
2006 - US military and intelligence officials propose top-secret cyber war program against Iran’s uranium enrichment program. 2007- A virtual replica of Iran’s Natanz plant is built at American national laboratories. The US and Israel join to develop a complicated computer worm. It is the most complicated computer worm the world has ever seen. 2008 - Centrifuges at the Natanz plant begin crashing. 2009 - The US estimates that “Olympic Games” set back Iran’s production of a nuclear weapon by 1.5 to 2 years. Former President Bush urges President-Elect Obama to continue “Olympic Games.” 2010: Spring - NSA and the Israelis secretive unit 8200 target 1,000 centrifuges (roughly 1/5 of Iran’s functional centrifuges), whose failure was a huge set back to Iran. A special version of the worm is developed. Summer - 130,000 computers were infected by the Stuxnet virus and copies of the worm escape Natanz and become available on the internet. Late 2010-11 - Iranian production recovers. 2011-2012 - Intelligence agencies in the US and Israel seek out new targets that could further slow Iran’s progress. Stuxnet continued to run.