China Likely Behind Stuxnet Attack, Cyberwar Expert Says

China Likely Behind Stuxnet Attack, Cyberwar Expert Says
China Likely Behind Stuxnet Attack, Cyberwar Expert Says

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By Kelly Jackson Higgins
Dec 14, 2010 

Israel and the U.S. so far have been pegged as the most likely 
masterminds behind the Stuxnet worm that targeted Iran's nuclear 
facility, but new research indicates China could instead be the culprit.

Jeffrey Carr, founder and CEO of Taia Global, an executive cybersecurity 
firm, and author of Inside Cyber Warfare, says he has found several 
clues that link China to Stuxnet. =E2=80=9DRight now I'm very comfortable with 
the idea that this is an attack that emanated from China," Carr says. 
"I'm fairly certain this was China-driven."

Carr, who blogged about his new theory today, says Vacon, the maker of 
one of the two frequency converter drives used in the Siemens 
programmable logic controller targeted by the Stuxnet worm, doesn't make 
its drives in its home country Finland, but rather in Suzhou, China.

Chinese customs officials in March 2009 raided Vacon's Suzhou offices 
and took two employees into custody, allegedly due to some sort of 
"irregularities" with the time line of when experts think Stuxnet was 
first created, according to Carr. "Once China decided to pursue action 
against this company and detain two of its employees, they had access to 
everything -- this is where they manufacture the drives, so they would 
have easy access if they were looking for that material," such as 
engineering specifications, he says.


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