Secrecy surrounding ‘zero-day exploits’ industry spurs calls for government oversight
“Deep in Iran’s nuclear facilities, gas centrifuges used to enrich uranium began spinning erratically: fast, then slow, then fast, until they failed. First dozens, then hundreds, then an estimated 1,000 centrifuges were disabled that way, delaying Iran’s nuclear program by up to 18 months.
The cause of the failures — first disclosed in 2010 — is now well known to have been Stuxnet, the computer worm developed by U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies. The sophisticated tool relied on computer code to take advantage of then-undiscovered security flaws, open the way into the Iranians’ software and deliver a payload.”