Move Over Tom Clancy...A Real World Thriller: Stuxnet
Kevin R. Smith
An incredible piece at Wired.com, "How Digital Detectives Deciphered Stuxnet, the Most Menacing Malware in History", details the jaw-dropping, almost impossible to believe international tale of how researchers for Symantec (makers of Norton Antivirus and Norton Internet Security) tracked down and reverse engineered the Stuxnet worm.
It's a long piece that I thought I'd glance through at first, but that I found myself reading every word of.
Hat-tip to Kim Zetter for some incredible reporting and equally good story telling.
...the answer would come only after dozens of computer security researchers around the world would spend months deconstructing what would come to be known as the most complex malware ever written — a piece of software that would ultimately make history as the world’s first real cyberweapon.
Satellite image of the Natanz nuclear enrichment plant in Iran taken in 2002 when it was still under construction.
Image source: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/07/how-digital-detectives-deciphered-stuxnet/
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