‘Israel tested Stuxnet virus on Dimona plant’
Israel used centrifuges identical to those in Iran to test out worm that set Teheran’s nuclear program years back; virus was authorized by Bush administration, rather than allow an Israeli attack.
Israel tested the Stuxnet virus in Dimona, according to a Sunday report by The New York Times.
Israel reportedly has centrifuges that are identical to those at the Iranian nuclear site in Natanz, which were used to test the Stuxnet computer worm.
In 2008, the Times reported, German company Siemens cooperated with the Idaho National Laboratory, allowing it to identify problems in the comany’s computer controllers, which are used in Iranian nuclear plants. The laboratory is part of the American Energy Department, which is responsible for nuclear weapons in the US.
The vulnerabilities identified in 2008 were used the following year by Stuxnet.
The Times’ report explained how Stuxnet operates.