Things are getting weird in the world of cyber crime.
Cyber security experts say they have identified the world’s first known cyber super weapon designed to destroy a real-world target, such as a factory, a refinery, or just maybe a nuclear power plant, in Iran.
The cyber worm, called Stuxnet, raises increasing alarms as its capabilities have grown. Some cyber security experts say Stuxnet’s appearance indicates that a new kind of cyber warfare is beginning, where a cyber weapon is created to destroy something in the physical world.
Apparently Stuxnet is so complicated it has taken security experts since June to even understand its very nature. Stuxnet appeared to be able to take control of the automated factory control systems it had infected – and do whatever it was programmed to do with them. That was mischievous and dangerous.
But it gets worse. Senior US cyber security experts confirm what a German researcher told reporters: that Stuxnet is essentially a kind of military-grade cyber “heat seeking” missile designed to seek and destroy one real-world target. That target is still unknown.
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