Nitro Zeus

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Nitro Zeus is a project name for a well funded comprehensive cyber attack plan created as a mitigation strategy after the Stuxnet malware campaign and its aftermath.[1] Unlike Stuxnet, that was loaded onto a system after the design phase to affect its proper operation, Nitro Zeus's objectives are built into a system during the design phase unbeknownst to the system users. This built-in feature allows a more assured and effective cyber attack against the system's users.[2]

The information about its existence was raised during research and interviews carried out by Alex Gibney for his Zero Days documentary film. The proposed long term widespread infiltration of major Iranian systems would disrupt and degrade communications, power grid, and other vital systems as desired by the cyber attackers. This was to be achieved by electronic implants in Iranian computer networks. [3] The project was seen as one pathway in alternatives to full-scale war. There was no requirement for this type of plan after the Iran Nuclear Deal was signed, though any functioning implants in Iran's critical SCADA infrastructure systems are not likely to be removed.

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  1. ^ Szoldra, Paul (2016-07-06). "The US could have destroyed Iran's entire infrastructure without dropping a single bomb". Business Insider.
  2. ^ Alex Gibney Zero Days documentary film
  3. ^ Sanger, David; Mazzetti, Mark (2016-02-17). "US Had Cyberattack Planned if Iran Nuclear Negotiations Failed". New York Times.