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Cyberwar: About Stuxnet‏, the next generation of warfare?

Summary:  We begin our assessment of Stuxnet’s impact on the field of cyberwar.  As a case-study of what appears to be a highly effective state-sponsored attack, Stuxnet has pushed the reality of cyberwar to center stage.   This is the fourth in a series about cyberwar by FM co-author Marcus J. Ranum.

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(7)  For more information

(a)  About Stuxnet:

  1. Stuxnet Under the Microscope, ESET (a cyber security company).
  2. Recommended:  “The Stuxnet Computer Worm: Harbinger of an Emerging Warfare Capability“, Congressional Research Service, 9 December 2010.
  3. Computer security: Is this the start of cyberwarfare?“, Sharon Weinberger, Nature, 8 June 2011 — “Last year’s Stuxnet virus attack represented a new kind of threat to critical infrastructure.”
  4. Stuxnet as Cyberwarfare: Applying the Law of War to the Virtual Battlefield“, John C. Richardson (JMR Portfolio Intelligence), 22 July 2011.
  5. Stuxnet: Cyber Conflict, Article 2(4), and the Continuum of Culpability“, Colin S. Crawford (Wake Forest U School of Law), 2011.

(b)  About cyberwar:

  1. “Assessing the Risks of Cyber Terrorism, Cyber War and Other Cyber Threats“, James A. Lewis, Center for Strategic and International Studies, December 2002.
  2. Meet Your New Commander-in-Geek“, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Reason, 26 May 2010 — “U.S. Cyber Command has no idea why it exists.”  But their fear-mongering PR is first-rate.
  3. China’s Emerging Cyber War Doctrine“, Gurmeet Kanwal, Journal of Defense Studies (Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis), July 2009.
  4. They cyber war threat has been grossly exaggerated, NPR, 8 June 2010 — Audio here.
  5. Tehran’s Lost Connection“, Geneive Abdo, Foreign Policy, 10 June 2010 — “Is the Iranian regime’s cyberwar with the United States real, or a paranoid delusion?” — Abdo expects to know if the US waged cyberwar against Iran, ignoring our long history of covert offensive operations.
  6. Reducing Systemic Cybersecurity Risk”, Peter Sommer (London School of Economics) and Ian Brown (Oxford), OECD, 14 January 2011.
  7. Cyberwar an exaggerated threat“, UPI, 17 January 2011 — Says Peter Sommer, now of the London School of Economics and author of the Hacker’s Handbook (1985) under the pseudonym Hugo Cornwall.
  8. Cyber war threat exaggerated claims security expert“, BBC, 16 February 2011 — Says Bruce Schneier, chief security officer for British Telecom.
  9. Don’t Believe Scare Stories about Cyber War“, John Horgan, Scientific American, 3 June 2011.