Up until I read the story about that computer worm that has been trying to undermine Irans nuclear program, I figured it was just your run of the mill hacking. Some bored computer genius with too much time on his hands taking up the challenge of nuking Iran's nuclear program. But with the discovery of what appears to be a religious reference, some now believe that Isreal is behind the worm.
John Markoff and David E. Sanger wrote on nytimes.com that deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran’s race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the Book of Esther, the Old Testament tale in which the Jews pre-empt a Persian plot to destroy them.
That use of the word “Myrtus” — which can be read as an allusion to Esther — to name a file inside the code is one of several murky clues that have emerged as computer experts try to trace the origin and purpose of the rogue Stuxnet program, which seeks out a specific kind of command module for industrial equipment.
Not surprisingly, the Israelis are not saying whether Stuxnet has any connection to the secretive cyberwar unit it has built inside Israel’s intelligence service. Nor is the Obama administration, which while talking about cyberdefenses has also rapidly ramped up a broad covert program, inherited from the Bush administration, to undermine Iran’s nuclear program. In interviews in several countries, experts in both cyberwar and nuclear enrichment technology say the Stuxnet mystery may never be solved.
Does anyone else think that this may be Isreal trying to figure out other methods of stopping Iran's uclear ambitions without having to resort to using conventional or possibly nuclear weapons?