(January 23, 2011) First of all, America did not invent the Stuxnet software that recently crippled Iran's uranium enrichment factories. Stuxnet is the electronic equivalent of a Swiss army knife, each knife contains several different software tools, each of which can turn one specific valve, gauge, or switch on and off.
With the right combination of Stuxnet software tools, you can even make certain factory machinery speed up and then slow down. Do this often enough, and you can wreck an entire factory by remote control, as the Iranians are finding out to their chagrin.
So who made it? Not the Americans. They were the first victims, not the creators of this brilliant software. One of the best software tools in the Stuxnet switchblade is its ability to inject its infection into a computer using just a UBS thumb drive. These key chain sized devices are so inexpensive, they are often given away as souvenirs.
The Stuxnet infection takes place as soon as it is plugged in, even when the UBS drive in the computer is completely shut off.