Changing tack from snakes to worms, there have been reports that a computer worm, dubbed Stuxnet, is causing significant trouble, especially in Iranian nuclear plants. As the article from the Jerusalem Post states :
“Iran’s nuclear agency has been trying to combat the complex computer worm that has affected industrial sites throughout the country for some time. Experts from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran met this week to discuss how to remove the malicious computer code, or worm, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported Friday. The computer worm, dubbed Stuxnet, can take over systems that control the inner workings of industrial plants.”
The name is derived from files in the malware, and is a new level of sophistication with the capacity for fingerprinted attack.
On a separate note, Israel had a victory from the nuclear point of view when the International Atomic Energy Agency voted to reject Arab demands that Israel sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
According to the Arutz Sheva report, “the major reason for rejecting the motion by Arab states was that its acceptance could jeopardize the already shaky Middle East diplomatic process. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) voted 51-46, with 23 abstentions, against the resolution that the United States had asked the Arab countries not to table.” It is reasssuring to see this level of support for the Israeli viewpoint.