Sunday, January 16, 2011

When something wicked this way comes

In the Times' long investigative report on the Stuxnet virus that has apparently severely disrupted Iran's nuclear program -- generally believed to be a joint Israeli-American project -- here's what jumped out at me:
“It’s like a playbook,” said Ralph Langner, an independent computer security expert in Hamburg, Germany, who was among the first to decode Stuxnet. “Anyone who looks at it carefully can build something like it.” Mr. Langner is among the experts who expressed fear that the attack had legitimized a new form of industrial warfare, one to which the United States is also highly vulnerable.

Color me fearful -- I don't like this rough beast being unleashed on the world.

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