Monday, June 18, 2012

Can a worm start World War III?

You already know about the Stuxnet worm, developed by Israel and the United States to destroy Iran's nuclear reactors. The worm later escaped "into the wild" after Israel turned off its kill switch. We still don't know why the Israelis did that.

David Sanger has written a book titled Confront and Conceal, which offers new details about this foray into cyber war. The New York Times review of this book is both revealing and bizarre. Bizarre, because the review discusses Stuxnet at great length without mentioning it by name. (A new Times policy...? Apparently, there has been some criticism of the Grey Lady for being too loose lipped about worm weaponry.)

Bizarre, too, because the NYT never mentions the most important fact: Stuxnet is loose, it's all over the world, it may be on your computer right now -- and it has an equally ominpresent and rather more ominous cousin known as Flame.

Take a look at what Stuxnet can do, then tell me if you still feel cool knowing that this thing is both ubiquitous and under Israeli control:
In one of the most impressive steps in the cybercampaign, the inserted software recorded the operation of the centrifuges. Then, as the computer worm took control of the machines and began destroying them, the software played back the signals of the normal operation of the centrifuges. “The plant operators were clueless,” Mr. Sanger writes. “There were no warning lights, no alarm bells, no dials gyrating wildly. But anyone down in the plant would have felt, and heard, that the centrifuges were suddenly going haywire. First came a rumble, then an explosion.” This is an account that long will be consulted by anyone trying to understand not just Iran but warfare in the 21st century.
Even if you don't mind malware of this sort on your personal system, do you want the Israelis to control the computers that control our power grid and military infrastructure?

Perhaps that disturbing thought explains why the Obama administration seems to be quietly encouraging people to talk about Stuxnet -- and about the more generalized topic of cyberwarfare.

According to Sanger, the Pentagon opposed the use of cyberwarfare against Iran. On the other hand, David Ignatius says that the Pentagon just loves the idea of cyberwar and wants a whole lot of money developing new technologies.

One point seems inarguable: The United States and Israel have committed an act of war against Iran. If Iran or any other country had done the same to us, the U.S. would consider itself under attack. Last year, Obama made retaliation "by any means necessary" official policy in its International Strategy for Cyberspace.

The head of Kaspersky labs says that cyberwarfare can bring about the end of the world as we know it:
Like Stuxnet, Flame attacks Windows operating systems.  Considering this reality, Kaspersky was emphatic: “Software that manages industrial systems or transportation or power grids or air traffic must be based on secure operating systems. Forget about Microsoft, Linux or Unix.”

Kaspersky believes the evolution from cyber war to cyber terrorism comes from the indiscriminate nature of cyber weapons. Very much like a modern-day Pandora’s Box, Flame and other forms of malware cannot be controlled upon release. Faced with a replicating threat that knows no national boundaries, cyber weapons can take down infrastructure around the world, hurting scores of innocent victims along the way.
Fun facts: According to Sanger, the code name for the program that created Stuxnet was "Olympic Games." According to Ars Technica, Flame uses the password Lifestyle 2 when it uploads stolen data to various servers.
Comments:
Joe, why do you pussyfoot around the obvious? If this is the work of the Big Bad "Israelis", then why don't you just ask what it means that there are a bunch of Israelis and Russian-Israelis tied to Facebook, Google and yahoo? Not to mention a few Iranian exiles and Virginian spooks? (I like to call it the fine art of Dot Connecting)

That a bunch of Israelis and some Virginia spooks have attached themselves to these systems in which people place all of their personal information? What do you suspect that means???

Here's another important question to ask...why is it the Democratic party does nothing but parrot Republican agendas? Why do you even bring this Israeli "flame" virus shit up without going full throttle and asking what this means in the bigger picture??? See I don't care so much about the Israeli part of the story.. the Israelis just as in the days of Rome are a proxy for Imperial America's meddling in the middle east. I want to know why AMERICANS are helping to develop a software program that ended up being used to compromise AMERICANS??? Wait a minute, I already know the answer to that... we would have never gone to Iraq in 2003 if it weren't for all of those compromised Democrats would we? Why else are Democrats so useless in stopping this mad rush to police state USA?

Why do liberals blog, and blog and blog about absolute fucking NOTHING but totally ignore the obvious???????

If the wimpyass "Liberals" were really a relevant American political party anymore, along time ago they would have asked a few relevant questions about 9/11... then they would have rounded up the American side of the 9/11 equation and put them behind bars... then we wouldn't be in half of the mess we are now. Same with the JFK instigators... instead... the pussified(no offense to kittens) American left has allowed these fuckers to run amuck for 40 years dragging America through one war, bombing and disaster after another. Now the country is broke and China holds the leash. FUCKING PATHETIC.

Here's the deal Dems... you keep pretending like the democratic party is progressive... bullshit it is now TO THE RIGHT OF REAGAN. Pussified Democrats rubberstamp the wars for Saudi Arabia and Israel, the drones, assassination of American patsies, welfare for Wall Street, China and the Pentagon, unlimited domestic spying... and the retarded(no offense to the handicapped) American left continues to believe in the fairytale fantasy called "PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS." Reagan would have never done any of this shit. He would have rightly been called a Nazi. Now the American left is so pussified it allows the extreme Far Right to dictate when it can and can't use the word "Nazi" in calling out Nazis. FUCKING PATHETIC! You are in your WEIMAR moment Democrats. Try to enjoy it while you can.

Jesus Christ... why the fuck do I even waste my time anymore.

Webslinger
 
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