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Stuxnet Virus Could Target Many Industries
from the Seattle Times
WASHINGTON (Associated Press) -- A
malicious computer attack that appears
to target Iran's nuclear plants can be
modified to wreak havoc on industrial
control systems around the world,
affecting the production of everything
from chemicals to baby formula,
government officials and cyberexperts
Experts told senators that attackers
can use information made public about
the so-called Stuxnet virus to develop
variations targeting other industries,
and that the worm's consequences go
"beyond any threat we have seen."
The code has attacked industrial
sites in Iran and several other
countries, and infected several
employees' laptops at the Bushehr
nuclear plans. Iran has said it
believes Stuxnet is part of a Western
plot to sabotage its nuclear program,
but experts see few signs of major
damage at Iranian facilities. Specific
industrial control systems using
Windows software are vulnerable to the
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