Stuxnet's Complicated Family History

Stuxnet's precursor

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Wed, Nov 12th, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

On The Intercept, Kim Zetter publishes an adapted extract from her book, which tries to piece together Stuxnet's complicated family history. Additionally, she warns that Stuxnet-like attacks are entirely possible on critical infrastructure due to their vulnerability.

The implications were alarming. Certificate authorities are at the core of the trust relationship that makes the internet function. Attacking such an authority would allow the attackers to issue themselves legitimate certificates in the name of any company and use it to sign malware. If Duqu was the work of the United States or Israel, it meant that a NATO country or ally had compromised a fundamental part of the trusted infrastructure that made transactions on the internet possible, all for the sake of advancing a covert campaign. If the United States was behind the attack, it also meant that while one branch of the government was touting the importance of securing critical infrastructure at home and developing acceptable norms of behavior for the internet, another was busy compromising critical systems that were important for the security of the internet, and establishing questionable norms of behavior that others would copy.

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