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Originally posted by ugie1028
Wireless systems could be vulnerable too. the virus can hop/skip/copy itself through wireless networks, or through mobile phone networks. dont need wires for viruses to spread, you just need a wireless connection.
just throwing a monkey wrench into the whole thing.
Originally posted by stealthyaroura
reply to post by Foppezao
yes i'm sure i read about them dodgy Chinese chips with
a built in "special hardware" to make the tech vulnerable
you spoke of.
but what do you expect if you are buying from the lowest
bider.BUT i cant imagine the US would put anything but
US made chips in there TOP military tech would they?
Originally posted by ANNED
Siemens PLCs are computerized controllers used in almost all modern industrial plants.
If you have say a enrichment plant with 3000 centrifuges making enriched uranium you would have 3000 speed controllers, lube controllers, bearing vibration sensors ECT ECT ECT. since the uranium enrichment centrifuges spin at the speed of sound loss of lube would make a big mess as the centrifuges started coming apart with no warning if the main control-room computer did not get the reading that the lube feed had failed and the bearing were vibrating
A program could be written to find only plants with this type systems controlled by a plant control-room computer.
And since Siemens is unlikely to sell say a county like Iran the computer codes to program the main control room computer for Iran they will have to write there own program.
This means finding the codes Siemens uses and putting them on a small number of computers for the programmers to use.
If anyplace along the line any of the computers are connected to the Internet this virus can be transferred to the programing computers.
Then when the finished program is transferred to the plant computer this virus will be there piggybacked on the program.
If the party that created the virus knows what equipment is in the plant (spies or payed off worker)they can tailor the virus to attack just one plant and not really do any harm to any other plants.
A number of counties could be the source US or Israel.
Russia or China could do it if they wanted to sell more equipment to Iran to replace the equipment that would be destroyed. by this virus
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Originally posted by Jason88
First Weaponized Software
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"What we're seeing with Stuxnet is the first view of something new that doesn't need outside guidance by a human – but can still take control of your infrastructure," says Michael Assante, former chief of industrial control systems cyber security research at the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory. "This is the first direct example of weaponized software, highly customized and designed to find a particular target."