Kim Zetter: Stuxnet and the Future of Cyberwar
Cyber security journalist Kim Zetter will speak about Stuxnet and the launch of the world’s first digital weapon. She explores the story of the virus that destroyed Iran’s nuclear centrifuges—and how it ushered in a new age of warfare. Stuxnet—the name given to the virus that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear centrifuges—was a digital missile unlike any other virus ever built. Rather than stealing information or damaging the computers it infected, it physically sabotaged the devices the computers controlled—and was therefore a weapon that could wreak untold havoc on any country's infrastructure. Zetter's book “Countdown to Zero Day,” Zetter tells the unlikely cybersleuthing tale behind Stuxnet’s discovery—and explains why the virus has opened Pandora’s Box on a terrifying new era of computer warfare, one in which a digital attack can have the same destructive capability as a megaton bomb dropped from a plane.
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- What made Stuxnet different from any attack before it, and why is that difference important?
- Is US infrastructure vulnerable to Stuxnet-style attacks?
- What sort of targets could be hit by these sort of attacks, and what is being done to ‘harden’ them now that we know of this threat?
- Have there been indications that other cyberattacks of this sort are in the works?
- Why might other state actors be incentivized to contemplate Stuxnet-style assaults on the US?
- Kim Zetter Crown, an imprint of Penguin Randomhouse
Rachel Rokicki Crown, an imprint of Penguin Randomhouse
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