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Stuxnet, a Digital Worm with physical consequences (not to say political!)

To follow-up on the theme of my last post, this worm has recently received a lot of media attention:
– It targeted Iran nuclear Plants (among other things)
– It is so sophisticated that it has likely been done with some country/national support
– It had a payload with physical consequences

One thing which did catch my attention was that in order for this worm to be so successful against a Process Network, the group of “hackers” must have had access to a testing environment… not everyone has a refinery in their back garden…

Below is a good explanation of what it actually does and how it does it.
If you are in a hurry:
http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/exploring-stuxnet-s-plc-infection-process
If your TV is broken:
http://www.eset.com/resources/white-papers/Stuxnet_Under_the_Microscope.pdf

As the world is now studying it, including the bad guys, I am sure there will be more interesting findings to come.