Iran Gets Flamed in a New Cyberattack

A virus targeting Iran’s energy sector may date back to 2007
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Iran is once again in the crosshairs of an international cyberattack. On May 28, almost two years after a sophisticated virus known as Stuxnet wrecked some of the country’s uranium enrichment equipment, Tehran asked international security researchers for help fighting off an infection targeting computers in the energy sector. Experts have just begun to analyze the oversized virus’s 650,000 lines of code. McAfee’s Dave Marcus notes that big pieces of malware are often called “100-meter dashes”—the length of the code if printed out. “This one is 1.5 miles in printed paper,” he says.

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