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IMPLICAŢII DE SECURITATE ALE MALWARE-ULUI W32.STUXNET
IMPLICAŢII DE SECURITATE ALE MALWARE-ULUI W32.STUXNET

Author(s): Robert Dragos
Subject(s): Government/Political systems, Security and defense, Military policy, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: ”Carol I” National Defence University Publishing House
Keywords: cyberspace; malware; Stuxnet; cyber-physical attack; Iran;

Summary/Abstract: Cyberspace generates opportunities, however it can also pose a strategic challenge for states if inadequate measures are taken to secure their national cyber infrastructure. With Stuxnet introducing a new type of attack, the cyber-physical attack, it is necessary that states reconsider their priorities regarding national security. The article aims to present the case of W32. Stuxnet malware and the security challenges posed by such a threat. History’s first field experiment in cyber-physical weapon technology resulted in destruction of 1000 centrifuges at the Fuel Enrichment Plant at Natanz, Iran. The reaction triggered by this event was an extensive Iranian campaign between late 2011 and mid-2013 of over 176 days of distributed denial of service attacks against institutions in the U.S. financial sector, additionally the campaign included compromising critical controls of a New York dam. It also has to be reminded the attack in 2012 on the computer network of Saudi Aramco, world’s largest oil producer. Considering everything mentioned, questions emerge regarding whether or not such an approach is much more dangerous than a nuclear weapon.

  • Issue Year: 146/2017
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 1-9
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Romanian