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War Without Borders


Green eyed monster

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It looks very possible now that Iran's enemies have gotten in first with a 'war without borders' of their own.

This new phenomenon of cyberterrorism is a growing concern...

Iran 'attacked' by computer worm - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Iran's nuclear agency is trying to combat a complex computer worm that has affected industrial sites throughout the country and is capable of taking over the control systems of power plants, Iranian media reports have said.

Experts from the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran met this week to discuss how to remove the malicious computer code, or worm, the semi-official Isna news agency reported on Friday.

No damage or disruption of nuclear facilities has yet been reported, however.

The computer worm, dubbed Stuxnet, can take over systems that control the inner workings of industrial plants.......

Western experts have said the worm's sophistication - and the fact that about 60 per cent of computers infected looked to be in Iran - pointed to a government-backed attack.
 

johntrenchard

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hmm... looks like there's a cyberwar going on.

Computer worm infects Iran's nuclear station - Telegraph


"The computer virus, known as Stuxnet, has spread to the personal computers of staff working at the Bushehr nuclear power station – weeks before the facility is to go online."

"Patrick Fitzgerald, threat intelligence officer at computer security company Symantec, told The Daily Telegraph that the complexity of the worm meant it was unlikely to have been developed by a lone hacker, but was probably the work of a team of highly-trained software engineers."

"Mr Fitzgerald said that the rate of infection in Iran was "off the charts", with 60,000 computers believed to be affected by August. Experts think this suggests Iran is being specifically targeted."
 

seabhcan

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Iran's enemies never follow any rules or respect any border -

They launched a coup against democracy in 1953 and supported a dictator until 1979. They supported Saddam, armed him and told him to bomb Iranian cities. They shot down Iranian civilian airliners enroute to Mecca. They sell weapons to Iran to earn money to fund terrorists in central America. They kidnap Iranian scientists. They threaten Iranian trade partners. They supported the Taliban when it was anti-Iranian, and support terrorists in Iran right now.

The list goes on and on...

Is it any wonder Dinner Jacket's support goes up when the Americans threaten him and Iran?
 

Green eyed monster

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What would have happened if this worm had caused a very serious accident in the nuclear facilities once they are activated? Some are referring to the new nature of this work to attack and take control of devices as 'weapon's grade malware'...

Was Stuxnet Built to Attack Iran's Nuclear Program? - PCWorld Business Center

Initially he thought it was designed for espionage, but after reading Langner's analysis, he's changed his mind. "I guessed wrong, I really did," he said. "After looking at the code that Ralph hauled out of this thing, he's right on."

One of the things that Langner discovered is that when Stuxnet finally identifies its target, it makes changes to a piece of Siemens code called Organizational Block 35. This Siemens component monitors critical factory operations -- things that need a response within 100 milliseconds. By messing with Operational Block 35, Stuxnet could easily cause a refinery's centrifuge to malfunction, but it could be used to hit other targets too, Byres said. "The only thing I can say is that it is something designed to go bang," he said.
Who could Iran have blamed... no nation would claim responsibility and tracing the origin of the virus would be impossible, that would be similiar to someone parking a nuclear bomb at the site and then leaving the city, country. The anonymous nature of deliberately contrived virus attacks of this nature is worrying because an enemy if it wants to attack and can do so anonymously might put an extra 50% damage into that attack since there are no consequences.

We would all know who was behind it but the world has 'known' things about that nation for sixty years and it never changes anything. Whoever did it has also hurt the corporation Siemens (unless they actually cooperated) as they designed it to specifically attack Siemens systems.
 
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