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Worms in the Real World (Stuxnet)

Stuxnet, a famous example of a worm, caused centrifuges at Natanz, an Iranian nuclear plant, to fail. Watch Skylar Simmons explain more.

In this video, we will explore an example of worms in the real world. In 2010, Stuxnet caused centrifuges at Natanz, an Iranian nuclear facility, to fail. This is the first example of a computer virus having consequences in the real world, and the attack was considered an act of war.

Investigate and share: The book about Stuxnet, mentioned in the video, is called “Countdown to Zero Days” by Kim Zetter. Do some of your own research: can you find out what “Zero Days” means in the context of computer coding and malware? Share your findings in the comments area at the bottom of this page.

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