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jeff   posted:9/18/2010 1:57:18 AM  (Reply)
www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/360645/siemens_stuxnet_worm_hit_industrial_systems/...Stuxnet has infected systems in the U.K., North America and Korea, however the largest number of infections, by far, have been in Iran.The first samples of the Stuxnet code date back to June of 2009, but security experts believe that it probably did not start infecting systems until earlier this year.Defense contractors and companies with valuable intellectual property have been hit with targeted attacks for years now -- in January Google said it was the target of a sophisticated data-stealing effort known as operation Aurora. But Stuxnet marks the first time that someone has targeted the factory floor.And if the worm were to be used to mess up systems at a chemical or power plant, the results could be devastating."We've definitely never seen anything like this before," O'Murchu said. "The fact that it can control the way physical machines work is quite disturbing."Major doomage news...Skynet is taking over...
lessworse   posted:9/18/2010 12:45:31 PM  (Reply)
And Skynet becomes ... The Matrix.Say, what if HD Tech was actually drawing energy from us? Or making us sick like in the movie "Johnny Mnemonic" due to all the EMP around us?
jeff   posted:9/18/2010 9:08:49 PM  (Reply)

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lessworse  posted:9/18/2010 12:45:31 PM  (Reply)
And Skynet becomes ... The Matrix.Say, what if HD Tech was actually drawing energy from us? Or making us sick like in the movie "Johnny Mnemonic" due to all the EMP around us?
Well, I know how I feel when I watch TV--like sludge. I don't get that so much by staring at a computer screen all day, though--but thanks to the internet, I don't go out very much. Anyway, the stuxnet worm seems to be very doomy. I'm impressed.
jeff   posted:9/21/2010 9:59:36 PM  (Reply)
More on this today: www.csmonitor.com/USA/2010/0921/Stuxnet-malware-is-weapon-out-to-destroy-Iran-s-Bushehr-nuclear-plantCyber 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.At least one expert who has extensively studied the malicious software, or malware, suggests Stuxnet may have already attacked its target – and that it may have been Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant, which much of the world condemns as a nuclear weapons threat....
jeff   posted:9/23/2010 8:02:42 PM  (Reply)
www.informationweek.com/news/security/vulnerabilities/showArticle.jhtmlOn Friday, Symantec said that its ongoing analysis of Stuxnet has revealed that the malware is designed to spread via a peer-to-peer (P2P) communications channel."Our continued research has revealed that as well as being controlled via a command and control infrastructure, the threat also has the ability to update itself via a peer-to-peer component," said Liam O Murchu, writing on Symantec's Security Response Symantec's blog. ...


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