Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Security & Hacking: "Chevron was a victim of Stuxnet"


In case you missed this news, Chevron has admitted they got Stuxnet on their machines.

This is one of the things I am really concerned about with Nationally Sponsored Cyber Warfare, the Collateral damage.

The other big concern I have is that it provides Blackhat Hackers everywhere, even low skilled ones with little target discrimination, with extremely powerful tools that they would never have had access to otherwise.

Since once an attack like Stuxnet is discovered, it doesn't take very long for people to analyze and incorporate it into Malware programs and other tools that can be bought online.

You can think about it like a Script Kiddie with a little money, being able to get the equivalent in cyber warfare destructive power to eight Fighter Jets, F-15 cost $30 million apiece while the F-16 costs $18.8 million, based on what Israel has done in the past http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/09/17/120917fa_fact_makovsky.

That is what it would have taken to disrupt Iran's Nuclear Enrichment program with conventional means.

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