Cyber Terrorism gets Underway as Stuxnet Virus Attacks Iran’s Nuclear Facilities

Posted on September 25, 2010 by

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One of the most sophisticated pieces of malware ever detected was probably targeting “high value” infrastructure in Iran, experts have told the BBC.

Some have speculated that it could have been aimed at disrupting Iran’s delayed Bushehr nuclear power plant or the uranium enrichment plant at Natanz.  Stuxnet’s complexity suggests it could only have been written by a “nation state”, some researchers have claimed.

It seems that Iran is not the only intended victim.

The Stuxnet computer worm spreads through previously unknown holes in Microsoft’s Windows operating system and then looks for a type of software made by Siemens and used to control industrial components, including valves and brakes.

“It is not speculation that this is the first directed cyber weapon”, or one aimed at a specific real-world process, said Joe Weiss, a US expert who has testified to Congress on technological security threats to the electric grid and other physical operations. “The only speculation is what it is being used against, and by whom.”
Source : ft.com

Well unfortunatly this is not just a problem for Iran.   As you can see below the worm is set to work over the USA Smart Grid also.  I am not sure how well known it is but FaceBook.com was brought to its knees on September 23rd 2010.  Just a bit of FYI, FaceBook.com is the most used internet site in the world over taking Google month ending August 2010.

Category: Stuxnet Smart Grid
Submitted by jweiss on Sat, 09/25/2010 – 05:29.
Stuxnet has at least two major implications for Smart Grid. The first is Smart Grid utilizes key management. Stuxnet is one of the first cyber attacks to use compromised digital keys. Since then, there have been at three other cyber vulnerabilities to utilize compromised digital keys. There should be a reassessment of the key management process for Smart Grid. The second is the more insidious aspect of Stuxnet that attacks control system logic. Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and other controllers with Windows “front-ends” are utilized throughout the Smart Grid for controlling renewable resources, modern automated substations, and other grid systems. These systems can be vulnerable to Stuxnet-type attacks. Control system policies and procedures need to be developed and implemented immediately to at least minimize these types of attacks. ~ Joe Weiss
Source : community.controlglobal.com/stuxnet-and-smart-grid

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