The Stuxnet worm

September 24, 2010 — 1 Comment

What a remarkable story: a super-virus so sophisticated that it can only be created by a powerful nation-state, designed to sabotage control systems and cause real-world explosions in industrial facilities, possibly designed to wreak havoc on Iran’s nuclear program.

Wired, of course, has some of the best coverage.

The Stuxnet worm demonstrates the potential capabilities of cyberwarfare, its unique asymmetrical advantages, and the creative options it opens up for exercising power.  While most pundits and policy gurus treat the Iran problem with old, well-established paradigms, this story suggests that somewhere, in some deep dark cave, some scary smart people are dreaming up and executing ideas that the rest of us can only vaguely imagine.

Mark Jacobsen

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A U.S. Air Force officer, C-17 pilot, Middle East specialist, and writer... a lifelong student dedicated to building a better world.

One response to The Stuxnet worm

  1. Scary, awesome, and thought provoking. We definitely need to look at other paradigms…times for one of Kuhn’s shifts.

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