Cyber superweapon Stuxnet attacks China
A computer virus dubbed the world’s “first cyber superweapon” has wreaked havoc in China, infecting millions of computers around the country.
Virus Stuxnet is feared by experts around the globe as it can break into computers that control machinery at the heart of industry, allowing an attacker to assume control of critical systems like pumps, motors, alarms and valves. It could, technically, make factory boilers explode, destroy gas pipelines or even cause a nuclear plant to malfunction.
The Stuxnet computer worm, a piece of malicious software (malware) which copies itself and sends itself on to other computers in a network, was first publicly identified in June.