What a week for cybsecurity matters last week was.
First, the story about the Flame virus discovered by Kaspersky Labs in Russia, a new and improved “Stuxnet” virus that has apparently infiltrated computers throughout Iran (and, it seems, beyond).
Then, The New York Times reported on the code-named “Olympic Games” cyberintrusion program, in which the US and Israel allegedly developed Stuxnet for the express purpose of disabling Iranian centrifuges that were being used to enrich uranium.
If you ever had the question as to when or whether the digital realm would meet that of the physical, Stuxnet and, now, Flame, are perfectly good examples of how that intersection is being brought about.
But Eugene Kasperksy himself, whose team discovered the Flame virus, suggests this intersection is one of foreboding, explaining at CeBIT last month that “Cyberweapons are the most dangerous innovation of this century.” Read more.