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Have you heard about the Stuxnet worm?

By AbbyD ·
There is a really interesting story over on the Yahoo about a malware worm that was created to physically take over control rooms. Here is the link:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20100921/ts_csm/327178

These two opening paragraphs should grab your interest.

Cyber security experts say they have identified the world's first known cyber super weapon designed specifically to destroy a real-world target ? a factory, a refinery, or just maybe a nuclear power plant.

The cyber worm, called Stuxnet, has been the object of intense study since its detection in June. As more has become known about it, alarm about its capabilities and purpose have grown. Some top cyber security experts now say Stuxnet's arrival heralds something blindingly new: a cyber weapon created to cross from the digital realm to the physical world ? to destroy something.

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More importantly...

by NexS In reply to Have you heard about the ...

Have you heard about the Stuxnet Bird.
You know, I heard that it was The Word..

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You do know how be serious when you have to.

by AbbyD In reply to More importantly...

Boy, I'm sure glad I am retired and don't have to worry about this stuff any more. I am so glad you found some humor in the threat I posted.

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Should something like this

by santeewelding In reply to You do know how be seriou ...

Spread and succeed in any large way, we are all stuffed, including your retired ***, you looking on in your supposed detachment and immunity. Wrong.

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I was told

by The 'G-Man.' In reply to Have you heard about the ...

that aliens released it from the Mother Ship to aid their pending invasion.

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Let's not all scurry to our bunkers just yet....

by robo_dev In reply to Have you heard about the ...

Stuxnet is an example of a targeted Cyber-weapon that was aimed to sabotage Iran's nuclear infrastructure. It only infects certain automation hardware made by Siemens, which is not all that common in the US.

Most likely Stuxnet was an attempt by some enemy of Iran to do a cyberattack against their infrastructure.

Malware of any sort only gets onto computers when people do not have take the necessary precautions to protect the computers.

Stuxnet is not a network-based attack, it spreads via USB drives, exploits default passwords in certain devices, and is now detected by Anti-virus software.

So, here in the US, in the control room of a nuclear power plant, there is a PC connected to a control network that's probably not using Siemens equipment.

How likely is it that these PCs have USB ports that are wide open? Not likely.

How likley is it that the operator is going to put a USB drive into a PC and not scan it for viruses? Not Likely.

Since the infection appears to have been introduced "accidentally" by Russian contractors, my recommendation would be that we keep Russian contractors and their USB drives far away from our critical infrastructure and we will be OK.

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Is that one of the so-called threats

that simultaneously sent me an influx of infected machines over the past few months and failed to do anything more devastating than the usual USB spread malware to the computers at the lab I help out at? Because if so, I'm not impressed.

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