Real world damaged caused by a cyber warfare weapon

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Leeland's picture

Cyber warfare HAS cause real world damage on purpose. The Stuxnet computer virus was designed and used to purposefully damage a specific Iranian nuclear facility. It got there by typical computer virus means of infecting computer after computer until it got where it wanted to be. What is really interesting is that it was designed to attack only one specific computer and to do real world damage.

In case you missed it 60 Minutes did a pretty interesting story just this week on cyber war and how it isn't just a theory any more.

  • CBS News Article: March 4, 2012 - Stuxnet: Computer worm opens new era of warfare (article)
  • 60 Minute Segment Video: March 4, 2012 - Stuxnet: Computer worm opens new era of warfare (video)

What is even worse is now Stuxnet is open source. Yes, people are downloading it and studying it. Considering we have robotic factories it is not a matter of if someone repurposes a robot to slightly alter a product line but a matter of when will it happen.

Previous items:

  • 8 March 2012 - US report: China's cyberwar skills a risk to military
  • June 13, 2010 - 60 Minutes segment on Cyber War
  • July 15, 2011 - Cyber War Becoming Real Article by me

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