Virus Attacking Iran Has Israeli Calling Card
Esther mention could point finger at Israel, or be red herring
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 30, 2010 9:33 AM CDT
The reactor building of Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

(Newser) – Computer experts have found a clue that might indicate the origin of Stuxnet, the rogue super-virus that’s believed to target Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor. One file in the code is named “Myrtus,” which can be read as a reference to Esther, the Old Testament heroine who helped the Jews preempt a Persian plot to destroy them, the New York Times reports. The finding has intensified speculation that Israel’s cyberwarfare unit is behind Stuxnet.

It’s also possible that Myrtus is supposed to represent myrtle, a plant important to several regional cultures. Others say it may be a deliberate red herring designed to throw suspicion on Israel. But the possibility that it’s a calling card from Israeli saboteurs is sure to needle Tehran. “The Iranians are already paranoid about the fact that some of their scientists have defected and several of their secret nuclear sites have been revealed,” said one intelligence official. Stuxnet “ramps up the psychological pressure.”

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Ma'at
Oct 1, 2010 3:36 AM CDT
Just have that dude in Nigeria take care of it.
DontLikeYou___
Sep 30, 2010 5:22 PM CDT
Whether the Jews did it or not, does not matter as the kooky Islamists will blame it on them anyway. But, I'd say Israel did it and it was a brilliant move.
Ultraworld
Sep 30, 2010 4:13 PM CDT
Isreal warned that Iran can not be allowed nuclear capabilities.