Thursday, June 28, 2012

Cyber-Weapons Beyond Control

Op-Ed Contributor The New York Times
A Weapon We Can’t Control
Published: June 24, 2012

[excerpted] THE decision by the United States and Israel to develop and then deploy the Stuxnet computer worm against an Iranian nuclear facility late in George W. Bush’s presidency marked a significant and dangerous turning point in the gradual militarization of the Internet. Washington has begun to cross the Rubicon. If it continues, contemporary warfare will change fundamentally as we move into hazardous and uncharted territory.

There is no international treaty or agreement restricting the use of cyberweapons, which can do anything from controlling an individual laptop to disrupting an entire country’s critical telecommunications or banking infrastructure. It is in the United States’ interest to push for one before the monster it has unleashed comes home to roost.

Stuxnet was originally deployed with the specific aim of infecting the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in Iran....

...Advanced cyberwar is different: a country’s assets lie as much in the weaknesses of enemy computer defenses as in the power of the weapons it possesses ...

Majia here: The danger is that cyberweapons could take down entire power grids, causing nuclear plants to meltdown everywhere affected,  producing an apocalypse.

1 comment:

  1. This is intentional, but I suspect this computer attack (virus Stuxnet - Japan/Iran) to be controlled to the extent where despite the fact that this is a nuclear power plant of sight, the possibility of a redirection of the radioactive particles. Since the disappearance of NILU satellite maps published on the Internet, I see this a deliberate willingness to submit to state of the world a warning for the future of the country. 'Computer virus' being there than to justify noted failure, while it's a scalar aggression.
    Despite the fact that we have entered a period of cold (2005/2035), the great drought found in North Korea as in Africa or the USA where records temperatures are displayed, could leave suggests that this is not entirely natural.
    C'est intentionnel, mais je soupçonne cette attaque informatique (virus Stuxnet - Japon/Iran) d'être contrôlé dans la mesure où malgré que cela soit une centrale nucléaire de visée, la possibilité d'une redirection des particules radioactives. Depuis la disparition des cartes satellites de NILU publiées sur Internet, j'y vois là une volonté délibérée de soumettre à tel ou tel Etat du monde une mise en garde quant à l'avenir du pays. Le 'virus informatique' n'étant là que pour justifier la défaillance constatée, alors qu'il s'agit d'une agression scalaire.
    Malgré que nous soyons entré dans une période de froid (2005/2035), la grande sécheresse constatée en Corée du Nord comme en Afrique ou aux USA où des températures records sont affichées, pourraient laisser à penser que cela n'est pas tout à fait naturel.