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    Several years of preparation for the Stuxnet attack


    The enigmatic Stuxnet worm has reportedly caused thousands of Iranian centrifuges used for the enrichment of uranium to grind to an unceremonious halt.

    According to the Associated Press, diplomats currently lack specifics on the exact nature of the "temporary" shutdown.

    However, suspicions have thus far focused on Stuxnet - which many experts believe is precisely calibrated to destroy centrifuges by sending them spinning out of control.

    "It is obvious that several years of preparation went into the design of this [Stuxnet] attack," German computer security expert Ralph Langner opined in a recent report quoted by the Jerusalem Post.

    "[I would compare it to] the arrival of an F-35 fighter jet on a World War I battlefield... [It is obviously] much superior to anything ever seen before, and to what was assumed possible."

    A September report from the IAEA said an enrichment facility at Natanz houses about 8,800 centrifuges, but only about 3,700 are operating.

    The centrifuges are also operating at only 60 percent of capacity and Iran for some reason has removed hundreds of the machines.

    Meanwhile North Korea has secretly and quickly built a new, highly sophisticated facility to enrich uranium, according to an American nuclear scientist, raising fears that the North is ramping up its atomic program despite international pressure.

    The facility had 2,000 recently completed new centrifuges and the North told it was producing low-enriched uranium meant for a new reactor.

    I’m not saying these two incidents are related, but there is a possibility that Iran asked North Korea to boost up because they’ve got production problems after Stuxnet attack. It deserves proper investigations in my opinion.

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