How A Biblical Queen Sabotaged Iran’s Nuke Bomb Program

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Saturday night starts Purim, a Jewish holiday which celebrates the victory of Jewish people over the Ancient Persian King’s Grand Vizier, Haman who got permission from the king to kill all the Jews in the Persian Empire, What people don’t know is despite the 2000+ year difference, that same Biblical Queen who saved the Jews in the Purim Story, also protected the Jews when she sabotaged the Iranian nuclear bomb program.

Purim is one of those “They Tried to Kill US, We Won, Lets Eat,” type of Jewish holidays. In the story, Haman is defeated by the Jewish Queen Esther (the king didn’t know she was Jewish until the end of the story ) and her Uncle Mordechai (who was also hiding his faith)   Queen Esther was sort of hiding her faith when she also had a role in protecting the Jews from the modern-day Persia (which is Iran).  Seven years ago she delayed the Iranians quest for a nuclear weapon for about two years.

The first time she defeated Persia, Esther used her beauty, for her modern feat Esther used a computer worm named Stuxnet.

Stuxnet was malicious computer worm that, when it got into Iran’s computer systems, destroyed the rogue nation’s nuclear centrifuges. The job of the centrifuge is to enrich uranium so it could be used for reactors and/or weapons. This is done by spinning the impurities out of the uranium. The computer worm Stuxnet “took control” of the centrifuges and spun them of control, until they burned out. This cyber-attack slowed down Iran’s march toward a nuclear weapon. The worm was so successful that in 2011 both the United States and Israel pushed back their time-lines, and reported that Iran was a few years away from achieving nuclear weapons

While no country ever took credit for Stuxnet, there’s evidence that Israel (and Queen Esther) was probably behind the computer worm…evidence of biblical proportions.  Computer scientists who analyzed the Stuxnet virus found a key directory in the program that referred to the Biblical Queen Esther.

The first directory inside the virus is named “Myrtus.” The person/people who developed the virus might have simply been amateur horticulturists, using the word Myrtus as because the myrtle plant is indigenous to — and prevalent in — various Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and North African areas. On the other hand the Hebrew word for myrtle (Hadas) is the root of the name Hadassah which which was Queen Esther’s Hebrew name before she changed it to hide her Jewish faith from the king. Given the constant Iranian threats against Israel, that use of Myrtus could probably indicated a Jewish or Israeli involvement.

Since Iran is the modern day Persia and the computer virus was meant to stop the destruction of millions of Jews in Israel, Myrtus was probably a message from Israel, something put in the virus just to make the paranoid Iranians even more nervous. Stuxnet is considered the first state-on-state cyber attack of its kind. National security and most cyber experts believe the operation was conducted jointly by Israel and the United States.

Many security experts saw the reference to Myrtus as a signature allusion to Esther, and a clear “flipping of the bird”  in what was a technological and psychological battle as Israel tried breach Tehran’s most heavily guarded project.

Others doubt the Israelis were involved and say the word could have been inserted as deliberate misinformation, to implicate Israel. But that seems to be a long-shot implicate especially since many people know Queen Esther but few outside the Jewish faith know her original name.

In 2010 when Stuxnet was in the news the  New York Times reported about the “Myrtus” issue and one former intelligence official who worked on the Iran desk said:

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