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W A R

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W A R
IN THE PAST

hostilities declared
face to face
physical, forceful
warfare, combat
battles, crusades
holy wars
many countries
many centuries
killing fields
of corpses
waiting for
mass burials

W A R
IN THE PRESENT

Hostilities not declared
anonymous
chemical, clinical
cyber warfare
using
radiation
trojans
bacteria
viruses
worms
etcetera
threatening
our planet

What have we learned from past warfare?
How to kill faster, more efficiently and without warning.

In place of –
How to solve conflicts by negotiation and compromise.

Picture:
http://news.bigdownload.com/2009/12/15/modern-warfare-2-mod-tools-news-coming-soon/

©DGA 28.09.2010


Iran struggling to contain ‘foreign-made’ ‘Stuxnet’ computer virus

By Thomas Erdbrink and Ellen Nakashima

Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, September 27, 2010; 8:59 PM

TEHRAN – Iran suspects that a foreign organization or nation designed “Stuxnet,” a quickly mutating computer worm that has been infiltrating industrial computer systems in the Islamic republic, a high-ranking official said Monday.

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“We had anticipated that we could root out the virus within one to two months,” Hamid Alipour, deputy head of Iran’s Information Technology Co., a part of the ministry of communication and information technology, told the Islamic Republic News Agency. “But the virus is not stable, and since we started the cleanup process three new versions of it have been spreading,” he said.

No one has claimed responsibility for the worm and no entity or country has been definitively identified as its source.

It is the first known case of malware designed to sabotage an industrial control system. “We’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Liam O’Murchu, a researcher with the security firm Symantec. “It’s very dangerous.”

International computer security experts say Stuxnet was designed to target control systems produced by Siemens, a German equipment manufacturer. Siemens products are widely used in Iranian electricity plants, communication systems and in the country’s first nuclear power plant, near the city of Bushehr, set to start production in October.

Once inside the target system, the worm is capable of reprogramming the software that controls critical functions. Researchers still do not know what type of system it had in its sights or what type of sabotage was intended.

The worm was discovered in June, and researchers found about 45,000 infected computers in various countries, including Indonesia and India. But the vast majority were in Iran, leading analysts to conclude that a system in Iran was the likely target.

Iranian officials said Saturday that they had been hit by “electronic warfare” and acknowledged that the worm had infected more than 30,000 computers, including personal computers owned by employees of the nuclear power plant near Bushehr.

But although the officials said over the weekend that the facility itself was not in danger and that the virus was under control, Monday’s remarks suggest otherwise.

Because of the worm’s reach and complexity and the huge investment required to write the code, Alipour said he thinks the virus was designed by a foreign organization or country. “The writer has had access to industrial information which is not available to IT experts,” he said, stressing that an ordinary group of hackers could not have designed the virus.

An Iranian computer expert said the nuclear power plant must also be infected if employees’ personal computers were hit by Stuxnet. “This could either be done by Israel, intending to steal nuclear secrets or disrupt power plants, or by India, which has the biggest private programming capacity worldwide,” said the expert, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

A low-level cyberwar between Iran and the West intensified after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed election victory last year. Several groups of Iranian hackers, some of them alleged to have ties to the intelligence ministry, have been attacking opposition Web sites. In December, they temporarily disrupted the Twitter network, which they accuse of assisting the grass-roots opposition movement.

Hacker groups such as the Iranian Cyber Army and Ashiyaneh have been saying they disrupted thousands of Western sites in the past year. In return, hundreds of Iranian Web sites have also been under attack.

Tehran-based engineers specializing in repairing personal computers said they had not noticed any upsurge in demands of repairs because of the virus. Computers are widely used in Iranian society, with the Internet playing an important role in distributing opposition news that is censored by state media outlets.

Alipour said the worm had become active about a year ago. “It is different from any other virus,” he said. “Stuxnet is extremely dangerous, and serious measures should be taken to clean it up.”

erdbrinkt@washpost.com
nakashimae@washpost.com

Nakashima reported from Washington.

The above article has been taken from:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2010/09/27/ST2010092706870.html

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Author: adeeyoyo

I am a middle-aged South African woman, living in Johannesburg. I began writing poetry towards the end of May 2010. I love animals – sometimes more than people!

16 thoughts on “W A R

  1. nice. you make us think today…thanks for the article too on iran and the stutnex…sure will be nice one day to not have to worry about war…

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    • I wish the same effort would be made towards peace as is made towards ‘defences’. Thank you for your comment, Brian, I don’t think anyone else wants to, or not first anyway, lol!

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  3. countries learn less and less about the art of negotiation, it’s more sabre rattling

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    • I wonder if women commanded the armies if it would be the same? I used to think it would be better because women give birth to soldiers. But I’ve come to realise that sometimes women can be more uncompromising and fanatical than men, so I doubt gender has any bearing on whether there’s war or not.

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