“Next-Gen” Stuxnet Worm Already in the Works

They’re at it again…

According to Iran’s FARS news agency, Saudi Arabia and Israel are teaming back up with a bigger, badder version of the same program that nearly brought the country’s nuclear ambitions to its knees in January of last year. Stuxnet and Flame were two of the most advanced pieces of malware ever built when they first burst out onto the scene, stunning netsec experts and governments alike with the deep, complex algorithms designed for nothing but pure destruction.

“One of the proposals raised in the meeting was the production of a malware worse than the Stuxnet to spy on and destroy the software structure of Iran’s nuclear program,” the source told FARS, adding that the $1m plan was welcomed by the Saudis.”

According to them, the project, which would require $1 million in funding, was unanimously approved and championed by officials from Israel and Saudi Arabia in conjunction. However, since the deal struck between the Islamic Republic and the United States finally put a hold on the program through diplomatic methodology, now they may only need this improved version of the state-sponsored worm in case talks go south at some point in the future.

Nearly two years ago, Stuxnet ripped through the headlines with it’s seemingly out-of-this-world capabilities, tearing through networks at home and abroad as though they were made of little more than a thin sheet of wet cardboard. Since the initial outbreak, security researchers and whitehats around the globe have gotten their chance to take a look at how the virus got in, what was vulnerable, and where backdoors could have been better protected. This knowledge has been passed around on the backs of scratched up napkins, and by now most major antivirus programs and firewalls know the signals and when to raise the red flag.

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