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[ale] Stuxnet



Stuxnet was Siemens' domain, they produced a patch.

I find it telling that no US computer security firm broke the news on
Flame. And there are reports of systems in the us hit with Flame.

If I go any further down this cyberwarfare rabbit hole I will upset people
so I'm going to stop here.

Sent from my iPad

On Jun 1, 2012, at 2:15 PM, Rich Faulkner <rfaulkner at tux86.org> wrote:

 Or could it be that it's not so much what the Iranians are using but what
the USA and Israel are using?  Windows.

More likely good intel has produced the target(s) of opportunity and they
happen to be Windows platforms.  Somehow I don't think we'll be seeing a
patch for this from MS.

Sorry for the mini-rant but I'm having an, "I hate Windows" day....


On Fri, 2012-06-01 at 13:12 -0400, Charles Shapiro wrote:

NYT broke the story this morning that the Stuxnet virus was created as
a joint effort by the USA and Israel.  I presume that most of us have
already heard about the Flame virus
(http://www.pcworld.com/article/256508/the_flame_virus_your_faqs_answered.html
), which amusingly enough uses lua (http://lua.org) as its scripting
language.

Per boingboing:  Writing for Wired's Threat Level blog, Mikko Hypponen
explains. "The truth is, consumer-grade antivirus products can?t
protect against targeted malware created by well-resourced
nation-states with bulging budgets."

Oddly enough, these threats seem to affect only Windows machines.
This makes me wonder why the Iranians are still using an OS written by
a company workin' for the Great Satan.

-- CHS

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