An excellent NPR story on Stuxnet, a bit of malware likely created by the U.S. and/or Israel. It may turn out to be the most under-reported story of the last year.
Secretly launched in 2009 and uncovered in 2010, it was designed to destroy its target much as a bomb would. Based on the cyberworm’s sophistication, the expert consensus is that some government created it…
But for people who worry about the security of critical U.S. facilities, Stuxnet represented a nightmare: a dangerous computer worm that in some modified form could be used to attack an electric or telecommunications grid, an oil refinery or a water treatment facility in the United States
“It’s just a matter of time,” says Michael Assante, formerly the chief security officer for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. “Stuxnet taught the world what’s possible, and honestly it’s a blueprint.”
Further complicating the Stuxnet story is the widely held suspicion that the U.S. government, possibly in partnership with Israel, had a hand in the creation of this lethal cyberweapon, notwithstanding the likelihood that in some form it could now pose a threat to the U.S. >continue<
Duqu, Son of Stuxnet?
Groundbreaking Malware Believed to Target Iran « 9/2010
Cracking Stuxnet « TED Talk by discoverer Ralph Langner
Anatomy of a Computer Virus « Excellent video
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“Imitating a successful anti-austerity campaign by Spanish demonstrators - chiefly young people - that has filled Madrid’s main Puerta del Sol Square with crowds for more than a week, the Greek groups used social networking sites such as Facebook to drum up support.
One of the groups, called “The Indignant of Syntagma,” called on Athenians to gather in central Syntagma Square between 6 and 11.30 p.m. on Wednesday.
“We want to rally peacefully and spontaneously, simply to declare our peaceful protest,” the organizers said in a statement.
Another group, “The Indignant of the White Tower,” appealed to residents of Thessaloniki to gather under the city landmark on Wednesday.
A third group, with the more rousing name of “Patras Greek Revolution,” called for demonstrators to gather in the western port’s central Georgiou Square. This group, too, has declared its opposition to violence and has held up the ongoing Spanish protest as a model for Greeks to emulate.
“Let us start a peaceful revolution in our city, beyond political parties, without upheaval, masks and violence, following the footsteps of our Spanish brothers and sisters,” a statement by the group said.” >continue<