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Stuxnet specifically to destroy a real-world target

  1. Sep 27, 2010 #1
    There's just so much talk about Stuxnet on the Net. It is described as a super program designed specifically to destroy a real-world target. Can it really do that or is it media hype or threatening other governments with false claims, as they did threat the Soviet Union with Star Wars program?

    In Wiki: Stuxnet

    In this article : http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/327178 [Broken]

    Cyber security experts say they have identified the world's first known cyber super weapon designed specifically to destroy a real-world target – a factory, a refinery, or just maybe a nuclear power plant. The cyber worm, called Stuxnet

    It sounds like a threat directed to Iran, North Korea, ....

    But in this article: ...No Proof Iran Nukes Were Target

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/09/stuxnet/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wired%2Fscience%2Fspace+(Wired%3A+Science+-+Space)#ixzz10jowRg9u [Broken]

    What do you think the US government could do with Stuxnet?
    Last edited by a moderator: May 4, 2017
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 27, 2010 #2
    Re: Stuxnet

    Well, everything nowadays is connected to computers and these to the internet. This means it is theoretically possible, but such critical areas might not be that way.

    WWIII will most definitely be fought with computers, so that isn't anything new...
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