Stuxnet cyberattack called responsible

The Stuxnet computer worm that damaged Iranian nuclear facilities, widely suspected to be an Israeli or even a U.S. covert action, was a model of a responsibly conducted cyberattack, said Air Force Col. Gary Brown, the senior legal counsel for U.S. Cyber Command, Sydney J. Freedberg writes in

Brown, who spoke at an event at Georgetown University, emphasized that his remarks represented his own opinion and that he was not speaking for the U.S. government, and went to Stuxnet's defense when someone raised the possibility of the worm having damaged systems outside Iran, the article added.

The way Stuxnet was designed, "it looked like lawyers had been involved, because it was set to do no damage until it saw a very precise set of circumstances that doesn't exist anywhere except in Iran," the article quoted Brown as saying. Brown also said the worm was set to expire from every infected machine, the story added.

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