Stuxnet Just Died

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The wily computer code has died, only weeks after the New York Times told us, not amid its birth announcements, that it was the bastard child of the U.S. and Israel.

Designed to screw up Iran’s nuclear centrifuges, the software – which ultimately made its way into 130,000 computers around the world – contained a couple of lines that were the silicon equivalent of a cyanide pill. Assuming it worked as planned, Stuxnet died two minutes ago, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

Iran’s FARS new agency Sunday noted:

TEHRAN (FNA)- At one second past midnight Sunday, the United States’ most powerful known cyber weapon will cease to operate after it failed to clandestinely infiltrate and then wreck Iran’s nuclear fuel enrichment program.

There are survivors.