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First Cyber Superweapon

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 1, 2010

A mysterious computer worm that has struck Iran has raised the specter of a cyber attack as a new weapon of war, a danger NATO identifies as a key threat, experts say.

The 28-nation transatlantic alliance will highlight the cyber menace in its new “strategic concept” that will be adopted at a NATO summit in Lisbon next month, according to diplomats.

The danger became all too real with the emergence of Stuxnet in recent weeks, dubbed the world’s “first cyber superweapon” by experts, and which has wreaked havoc on computerized industrial equipment in Iran.

“Are we armed against similar operations? We can ask ourselves on the security of control systems for industries, energy distribution networks or transport,” said Daniel Ventre, author of the book “Information Warfare.”

“This operation aims to destroy key computer networks, it is not a more common action such as hacking, spying or the dissemination of false information,” said Ventre, of the National Scientific Research Centre in Paris.

Chinese media reported this week that Stuxnet had spread to China, infecting millions of computers around the country. The source of the worm strike still remains unknown.

Axel Dyevre, a director at the European Company for Strategic Intelligence, said Stuxnet represented “an escalation towards the potential military or political use” of vulnerable computer systems.

NATO was lightly hassled by Serbian hackers during the Kosovo war in 1999, has gradually stepped up efforts to protect its own networks since 2002.

A cyber attack against Estonia in 2007 cost the Baltic states between 19 million and 28 million euros.

Several EU states were the target of a botnet, a network of computers infected by malicious software, called ‘Conficker’ in early 2009, which affected the computers of armed forces in France, Germany and Britain.

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