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Because you ask so polite. The way you described stuxnet sounds like a 10 year olds description of something he heard at the dinner table. Far far far away from what I consider highly technical. You wrote that source code is now aviable while it has been for years. You never mentioned SPS, the target of the "digital weapon". If this is a discussion for the general population of ATS, at least keep the minimum facts straight.
That´s why I wrote it´s misleading and poorly researched and I stand by that. I worked on SIEMENS step7 /wincc systems before, I can write in AWL and several other languages. I fully understand the way the controllers have been compromised.
What you read about, that only six people in the world would have this knowledge, it´s totally wrong.
I have worked Backtrack(kali predecessor) for years and went on deeper building my own kernels, scripts and metasploit ai.
I could bring much to this thread but if you want a low level conversation let´s see how much fruit comes out of this thread that has not been repeated to death.
Just because you do not want to hear my constructive critique. I often get called wiseass for that but it´s why I registered here in the first place. Deny ignorance, hunt down false informations. If people feel pissed because I point them out on it, well...their bad.
This is no hate, I just think this thread is missleading and poorly researched. But I respect your effort. Hundreds of kids reading threads and articles like that will download kali/any linux distri and will learn how software works not just learning and remembering where to click, that´s something at least
The point of the thread was to shed some light on some of the new ways blackhat hackers can cause damage.
originally posted by: Serdgiam
The most dangerous in the world tend to be white hats, as they tend to be sanctioned through governments or corporations, thus the nice fluffy term. Black hats were seen simply as those who had not been converted and catalogued as assets.
So what light did you shed on the new ways blackhats can cause damage? What are those new ways? Having a script kiddie distribution ported to androidOS?
Edit: If you have questions that you cannot google yourself, feel free to U2U me anytime. Might take a week since I´m not checking ATS daily.
I´m sticking there because stuxnet/duqu is the most sophisticated known weapon aviable when it comes to cyberwarefare and you just skimmed it. So for me it´s one of the main focus points.
It was the first known maleware,worm,virus combi -call it whatever- aimed on SPS/PLC controllers. The black boxes that take cyberwarefare into the physical realm (*except for the F35/F18G). That´s why I stick to it, it´s important for the topic in my opinion.
originally posted by: Serdgiam
We can definitely agree to disagree on that one. That is certainly the way the labels are marketed, and Google will likely agree with ya.
The point was that the labels themselves are irrelevant to ethics, or even stated intent. In the same way, I don't believe that governments or corporations (and the actions of the humans involved) are necessarily altruistic just because their names and titles are public knowledge.
Not really important, other than analyzing the PR/psych component. To most, such things are not relevant.
I have been warning about cars, specifically, for years. Most still don't believe they can be hacked.