From Malware to Warfare (Doc Repeat)

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Iran still says it has no intention or desire of developing a nuclear weapons capacity. It argues it has a right to nuclear power, and that's what it is developing, albeit with an extraordinary degree of secrecy. But Canada, the US, Israel, and Europe don't believe it. And so a very modern way has been underway for more than a year to stop Iran. The Current producer Gord Westmacott looks at one of its game-changing weapons called Stuxnet. A computer virus, first discovered in June 2010. But one that is like no other that came before it.


Part Two of The Current

From Malware to Warfare (Doc Repeat)

Two years ago, on a summer day much like any other, researchers at a small, relatively unknown computer security company in Belarus stumbled on a virus that seemed to be re-booting computers in Iran. At any given moment, there are thousands of computer viruses out there doing this kind of thing. But this time, the virus was different.

Stuxnet was more sophisticated than anything anyone had ever seen. It did things no one had ever been sure could be done. And by the time they were done with it, the people who cracked its code came to believe that it was much more than just malware ... that it was actually a game-changing cyber-weapon capable of crippling real-world machinery and dealing a devastating blow to Iran's nuclear program.

Our documentary, From Malware to Warfare was produced by The Current's Gord Westmacott with help from freelance journalist Oliver Gardiner. It originally aired on The Current in March as part of our season long look at game changers. For more stories about the people, moments, ideas and inventions that changed everything, tune into Game Changer all summer long. Find it Tuesday evenings at 7:30 and Friday mornings at 9:30 on CBC Radio One, half an hour later in Newfoundland and parts of Labrador or any time at cbc.ca/gamechanger.

Last Word - The Mayor of Mogadishu

Coming up in the days to come, we'll revisit a documentary our contributor Hassan Santur brought us about his journey back to Mogadishu last year. It's where he grew up in Somalia. One of the people he met was Mohamed Noor, the Mayor of Mogadishu, a man with a daunting job if ever there was one. When Hassan went back to Mogadishu again this summer, he found signs of hope. We aired a preview of the original documentary.


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