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Three Questions for Eugene Kaspersky

MIT Technology Review, By David Talbot

It’s only a matter of time before more cyberweapons emerge, says the founder of the Moscow-based computer security firm Kaspersky.

The Moscow-based computer security firm Kaspersky Lab has analyzed major new kinds of malware, including Stuxnet, which four years ago was revealed to have damaged centrifuges in Iran’s uranium-enrichment facilities. That discovery of this malware, believed to have been created by American and Israeli agents, led to fears that such attacks would escalate, perhaps eventually leading to actual cyberwar (see “New Malware Brings Cyberwar One Step Closer,” “Old-Fashioned Control Systems Make U.S. Power Plants a Hacking Target,” and “Preparing for Cyberwar, Without a Map”).

But since then there have been no other attacks that have caused physical damage. David Talbot, chief correspondent of MIT Technology Review, sat down with Eugene Kaspersky, founder of Kaspersky Lab, to ask why, and get his views on the most serious cyber threats. Read more.