In Mid 2010, A team of Belarusian computer security researchers was hired to troubleshoot a series of issues that were causing computers in Iran to crash and reboot. The researchers discovered a series of malicious files consequently uncovered the worlds first “digital weapon“, Stuxnet.
The aim of Stuxnet was to infiltrate Iranian computer systems and run sophisticated attacks on Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities in an attempt to slow the progress of the counties nuclear plans.
The idea that governments are engaging in such hostile and high-level cyber attacks can be seen as concerning. Americas failure to accept responsibility for said attacks may also lead to increased tension between an already fractured Iranian-American relationship.