As many as five Iranian organisations were the primary targets of the Stuxnet campaign.
With one described as the “patient zero” of the 2010 global epidemic, researchers were able to work out the identities of the initial targets of the 2009 and 2010 Stuxnet versions because of a quirk of the worm.
The five Iranian organizations in question were industrial automation systems manufacturer Foolad Technic Engineering; SCADA/PLC firm Behpajooh; Neda Industrial Group; Control-Gostar Jahed Company; and Kala Electric — which is said to manufacture Iran’s uranium enrichment centrifuges.
From June 2009 to May 2010, three organizations were targeted once, one was targeted twice, and another was targeted three times. They suffered 12,000 infections over the period from 3,280 Stuxnet samples, according to Symantec.
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