Rambo and James Bond are weaponized humans that can single handedly infiltrate enemy bases, tear them down and escape victoriously. In our modern time where cyber attacks evolve and cripple organizations, Stuxnet gives a whole new meaning to the power and destructive nature of computer algorithms. The computer algorithm, Stuxnet, is the most advanced known program to attack and destroy hardware operations. Simply described: “is an incredibly advanced, undetectable computer worm that took years to construct and was designed to jump from computer to computer until it found the specific, protected control system that it aimed to destroy: Iran’s nuclear enrichment program.”
Stuxnet is a milestone in weaponry: “The construction of the worm was so advanced, it was “like the arrival of an F-35 into a World War I battlefield,” says Ralph Langner, the computer expert who was the first to sound the alarm about Stuxnet. Others have called it the first “weaponized” computer virus.”
An attack at this complexity and magnitude takes the best, brightest technology minds and strategist in the world coupled with large sum of resources. While it requires elite people with lots of resources, this program could open a lot of avenues for developers and organizations of the potential of weaponizing algorithms for attacks. What was once reserved for Hollywood make believe has finally arrived.
Go ahead and read the full story here — Mystery Surrounds Cyber Missile That Crippled Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Ambitions
Thanks to my colleague, Jeff, for sending this article.
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