Nine months after the Stuxnet was first discovered as a virus that could crash Power Grids or destroy Oil Pipelines it became available online to be downloaded and redesigned by anyone. The importance of figuring out who it was that designed Stuxnet is now waning against the fears around how the virus could evolve in the very near future.
The Stuxnet weapon is currently available as open source code and there is no way of returning it to Pandora ’s Box or even controlling access.
In 2012 FBI Director, Robert Mueller told the U.S. House permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that he believes “the cyber threat will equal or surpass the threat from terrorism in the foreseeable future.” He pointed out that in modern times most of our day to day activities can somehow be associated with the internet, putting at risk our intellectual property, research and development, corporations’ plans and programs.
And this is the reality folks. With Stuxnet out there we have no way of knowing who might be using it or what their target will be. For all we know, the next Pearl Harbor might be a cyber attack.
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