Saturday, September 25, 2010

Bizarre firmware worm affecting nuclear power plants in Iran, elsewhere

MSNBC and the AP carry a story by asser Karimi on a computer worm, Stuxnet, that can affect the operations of a nuclear power plant. The work has also been found in Iran, Indonesia, and the U.S. It does not seem to affect ordinary home computers.

But the question comes up about protecting critical infrastructure such as power grids, that are not supposed to be easily connected to the public Internet, but sometimes somehow are. It may be more likely that infected firmware is sent to the power plants. The worm may come from Russia. It’s not clear how much research work conventional anti-virus companies have done on the worm since it seems to be directed at process control.

The MSNBC link is here.

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