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Stuxnet Digital Warheads: What You Need to Know

Written on November 22, 2010 by Japhet Writ

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Stuxnet is a computer worm that can do as much damage as a bomb could in destroying an industrial plant. Therefore, any enterprise that uses industrial systems must have an effective plan on how to protect its assets.

According to Wikipedia, is the first discovered computer worm that spies on and reprograms industrial systems. In fact, it can do much damage as a bomb could. Any enterprise that uses industrial control systems could be attacked by , hence its implications to attack ’s nuclear installations are considerable. Albeit states that there’s no Stuxnet attack in their facility, it is possible that the worm is the reason why the government delayed its .

The Stuxnet contains two that has particular purpose. The first warhead has the ability to discover and attack centrifuge facilities without being noticed. Therefore, Iran’s establishments that were used to enrich uranium is being compromised. The second digital warhead is set to attack the in Iran. It is the first nuclear power plant to be built in the Middle East, and is due to be completed soon.

The attacks that the Stuxnet can inflict shows how industrial systems can be compromised. By any measure, the digital warhead changes the game plan on how a country can protect its critical assets.

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