Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran’s race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the Book of Esther, the Old Testament tale in which the Jews pre-empt a Persian plot to destroy them.
That use of the word “Myrtus” — which can be read as an allusion to Esther — to name a file inside the code is one of several murky clues that have emerged as computer experts try to trace the origin and purpose of the rogue Stuxnet program, which seeks out a specific kind of command module for industrial equipment.
Whiirrrr! Zooooom! Errrrrp! "Hop on to my flying car here in the year 5200, oh Hebraical friend! I'll give you a ride to work in this wondrous future world!"
"Thanks for the ride, son of Am'Lak! ...Just keep your hands to yourself and don't try to take the teeth from my mouth if you kiss me."
"Sure thing. ...So, what do you think of the new retro-generators at the city's genetic repository? Hmm? It will make for easy baby installations, don't you think? Just scoop up some communal ejaculate and pay at the register? No fuss, no muss."
"Yes, it's great. It is a plot by the gentile to destroy my race by their long tongues here in the future when everyone really has far better things to do with their limited time. My people are forever imperiled."
"Of course they are... ...Say: Did you catch the game on the tele-experion machine last night? Great play in the second half of--"
"--Dah! Did you see the way the quarterback looked at the referee? He verily said unto thee, 'I shall, by the power of the hair of a white dog, steal into your store room and co-locate my wine with yours! And thereby shall the destruction of the son of Isaac be achieved! ...or whatever..."