December 8, 2016

Does Stuxnet Prove That International Cyberwarfare is Real?

According to the New York Times, The Stuxnet worm has been responsible for destroying about a fifth of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges which could delay Iran’s nuclear program. However it seems that Tehran isn’t accepting any delays and The Telegraph is reporting that Russian nuclear scientists, who are providing technical assistance to Iran’s attempts activate the country’s first nuclear power plant, are warning of another Chernobyl-style nuclear disaster as they are being forced to comply with tight deadlines.

The Stuxnet worm has been the topic of much speculation and theorisation. But one thing is clear, if Stuxnet is an Israeli-American project to thwart Iran’s nuclear program then Cyberwarfare has become a real weapon in a nation-state’s arsenal.

In October of last year William J. Lynn, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense, wrote that “as a doctrinal matter, the Pentagon has formally recognized cyberspace as a new domain in warfare . . . [which] has become just as critical to military operations as land, sea, air, and space.”

The next five to ten years will see an increased amout of nation-state sponsored cyber activity and it is becoming more important than ever to ensure that our home, business and national information resources are secure, robust and protected.

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