Countdown to Zero Day
“In January 2010, inspectors with the International Atomic Energy Agency noticed that centrifuges at an Iranian uranium enrichment plant were failing at an unprecedented rate. The cause was a complete mystery—apparently as much to the technicians replacing the centrifuges as to the inspectors observing them.
Then, five months later, a seemingly unrelated event occurred: A computer security firm in Belarus was called in to troubleshoot some computers in Iran that were crashing and rebooting repeatedly.
At first, the firm’s programmers believed the malicious code on the machines was a simple, routine piece of malware. But as they and other experts around the world investigated, they discovered a mysterious virus of unparalleled complexity.
They had, they soon learned, stumbled upon the world’s first digital weapon. For Stuxnet, as it came to be known, was unlike any other virus or worm built before: Rather than simply hijacking targeted computers or stealing information from them, it escaped the digital realm to wreak actual, physical destruction on a nuclear facility.”
The story of Stuxnet is a seminal tale about the future of cyber warfare. Previously confidential details involving high-tech espionage sound like they are straight from a spy novel. But this isn’t fiction—it’s really happening around the globe. Nation states are becoming increasingly dependent on the Internet and digital infrastructure in order to operate. Stuxnet is just the beginning of the perilous threat that faces our interconnected world.
|Meetup Date||Saturday December 16 2017 18:00:00|