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This is the end of all our beginnings

thisoldman
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This is the end of all our beginnings

http://www.webuser.co.uk/news/top-stories/500880

I dread to think what this might do
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thisoldman
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Re: This is the end of all our beginnings

yes
thisoldman
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Re: This is the end of all our beginnings

Oldjim  do you think this virus will replace  bombs and  enable rogue states to attack the west?
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Nope
It will be in addition to the existing methods.
What it will do is make these plants look into their system security including banning all mobile data storage devices such as USB sticks and ensuring that the systems won't allow them to be used
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phew  wipes brow says txs to oldjim
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Stuxnet works by exploiting previously unknown security holes in Microsoft's Windows operating system. It then seeks out a component called Simatic WinCC, manufactured by Siemens, which controls critical factory operations. The malware even uses a stolen cryptographic key belonging to the Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturer RealTek to validate itself in high-security factory systems.
The worm then takes over the computer running the factory process – which for WinCC would be "mission-critical" systems which have to keep functioning under any circumstance – and "blocks" it for up to a tenth of a second. For high-speed systems, such as the centrifuges used for nuclear fuel processing being done by Iran, that could be disastrous, experts suggested.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/sep/24/stuxnet-worm-national-agency
Seems that using Windows in a "mission-critical" application is stupid.