Tag Archives: Stuxnet

Ralph Langer: Stuxnet Virus a Two-Part Threat

The virus allegedly created by Israel and the U.S. to infiltrate Iran’s nuclear facility in 2012 could be more dangerous than initially believed, Ralph Langer writes for Foreign Policy. Langer calls the first version of the two-part Stuxnet virus showed the hacking community a method for how to attack hard targets. …

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FERC: Power Grid Security Certificates Should Have Shorter Terms

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently responded to questions from top Senate lawmakers on cybersecurity standards for power grids, CNET reports. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, and Susan Collins (R-Maine), the panel’s senior Republican member, asked the agency to investigate industry standards for authentication and access …

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Report: Researchers Link Stuxnet, Flame Source Codes

Cyber researchers believe that a recent virus found in networks in the Middle East has similarities with a 2010 virus that attacked Iran’s nuclear weapons system, Reuters reports. According to reporters Jim Finkle and Joseph Mann, Kasperksy Lab and Symantec executives spoke at a Reuters event Monday about the Flame …

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Report: Iran Cyber Threat Perceptions Fueled by House Hearing

Experts told House lawmakers this week that they believe Iran is a bigger threat than China or Russia, having passed developmental stages for offensive capabilities and moved onto defensive efforts in cyberspace, GCN reports.  Ilan Berman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council, told attendees of a joint House …

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Report: Iran Oil Organizations Suffer Stuxnet-Like Attack

Reports surfaced Monday that Iran’s main oil terminal and the oil ministry suffered a cyber attack by a virus similar to the Stuxnet worm, Reuters reports.  The virus was detected inside the control systems of Kharg Island, which handles Iran’s crude oil exports, the report said. The state oil company …

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Law Expert: Lawyers Likely Involved in Stuxnet Attack

U.S. Cyber Command’s top lawyer told attendees at a George Washington University event that lawyers could have helped develop the Stuxnet computer worm, AOL Defense reports.  The Department of Homeland Security determined the worm could threaten critical infrastructure. Air Force Col. Gary Brown claimed lawyers may have helped develop the …

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Researchers Warn of Potential Attacks on Energy, Industrial Plants

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According to researchers, energy and industrial plants are vulnerable to devastating cyber attacks. Dillon Beresford, a researcher with NSS Labs, warned attendees at last week’s Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas that there are significant security issues in the programmable logic controllers that are used to operate mechanical processes …

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