CBS’ 60 Minutes last night highlighted Stuxnet as the first instance of a cyber weapon being used to create physical damage.
For years, those of us that know something about cyber security have been warning that this day is coming – but few outside the information security world recognized the significance of the Stuxnet worm. This new, predictable, realm of ‘cyberwarfare’ is much scarier than the old one. We’re not talking about losing all of the family photos anymore. We’re talking about doing real-world damage from the virtual world.
We’ve all thought about the doomsday scenarios where a hacker brings down the power grid and ‘Walking Dead‘-style mayhem ensues. But what happens when one of your competitors has the ability to control your HVAC system…or your alarm system?
These types of scenarios are all too real, and kudos to CBS for bringing this reality to the consumer.
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