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Bruce Schneier on the Stuxnet Virus Story

Bruce Schneier on the Stuxnet Virus which in his opinion has been mostly speculative: "We don't know who wrote Stuxnet. We don't know why. We don't know what the target is, or if Stuxnet reached it. But you can see why there is so much speculation that it was created by a government. Stuxnet doesn't act like a criminal worm. It doesn't spread indiscriminately. It doesn't steal credit card information or account login credentials. It doesn't herd infected computers into a botnet. It uses multiple zero-day vulnerabilities. A criminal group would be smarter to create different worm variants and use one in each. Stuxnet performs sabotage."

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Security breaches occur more from Government programs than from Crime? By Sivasubramanian M  –  Oct 11, 2010 10:12 am PDT

This is an instance of a Government engineering a back door in the strategic installations of other countries. There are equally well funded programs to enable covert access to homeland civilian networks. It is not one Government that is guilty of these practices, but several. The sum total of this is the possibility that overall Security is more threatened by the so called defensive measures than by criminal designs?

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