Is this more of the same as the alleged attack planning on the Saudi
Security researchers have detected a new Trojan, scarily similar to the infamous Stuxnet worm, which could disrupt computers controlling power plants, oil refineries and other critical infrastructure networks.
The Trojan, dubbed “Duqu” by the security firm Symantec, appears, based on its code, to have been written by the same authors as the Stuxnet worm, which last July was used to cripple an Iranian nuclear-fuel processing plant.
“Stuxnet source code is not out there,” wrote F-Secure cybersecurity expert Mikko Hyppönen on his firm’s blog. “Only the original authors have it. So, this new backdoor was created by the same party that created Stuxnet.”
This new entry into the Stuxnet family comes just after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a bulletin warning that the notorious hacking group Anonymous may soon start looking to bring down or disrupt industrial control facilities. Posted yesterday (Oct. 18) to publicintelligence.net, the unclassified bulletin assesses Anonymous’ ability to compromise SCADA systems that run power plants, chemical plants, oil refineries and other industrial facilities.
Government officials did not blame Anonymous for any such hacks, and the bulletin says that based on available information, Anonymous has “a limited ability to conduct attacks” on industrial control systems.
The group’s agenda could change, however. The DHS document cites several recent actions, including Anonymous’ cyberattack on the websites and servers of biotech seed company Monsanto, as proof that Anonymous could “develop capabilities to gain access and trespass on control system networks very quickly.”
Phi Beta Iota: We realize DHS will not be held responsible for being stupid or dishonest or both, but for the record:
1. Stuxnet is said to be an Israeli/US operation against Iran. If it is out within the USA, there are two possibilities, both equally viable; a) the Israelis are doing their usual mayhem against the US which they consider like a Christian girl, as in “shicksas don’t count;” and b) it got away from NSA/Cyber-Command or NSA/Cyber-Command is setting the stage for a false flag attack to increase or protect its grossly excessive budget.
2. Anonymous is not after critical infrastructures–Anonymous, like Wikileaks and OccupyWallStreet (OWS) is after institutionalized secular corruption, in which context Monsanto makes perfect sense….along with the Federal Reserve, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank.
3. Robert Steele, Bill Caelli, Winn Schwartau, and Jim Anderson all told Marty Harris at the National Information Infrastructure (NII), in writing, in 1994, what needed to be done, and were ignored. The fact that the US Government has been both ignorant and dishonest all these years about the total vulnerability of all SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acqusition) systems is not something that can be blamed on Anonymous.