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Sunday, November 07, 2010

Wow - More than 30 programmers built Stuxnet worm

Expert analysis of the code from the Stuxnet worm, the computer worm that interfered with Iran's development of nuclear weapons, has concluded that some 30 programmers were involved in writing code for the worm (Hat Tip: Instapundit).
At a small conference on cybersecurity sponsored by TechAmerica, Symantec's Brian Tillett put a number on the size of the team that built the virus. He said that traces of more than 30 programmers have been found in source code.

Another tidbit that I hadn't seen reported elsewhere is that the peer-to-peer network built into the worm was encrypted. And not only was it encrypted, Tillett noted, but encrypted to FIPS 140-2 standards, which -- judging by the noise of the crowd -- is very impressive to security geeks.
Gee, you think there's a government behind that? Hmmm.

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