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What the Stuxnet industrial sabotage worm teaches us about Internet security

Sacramento Examiner, By Joanna Jullien

The Stuxnet worm made headlines again this week and reminds us how each individual carries responsibility for the Internet security of our homes.

The Stuxnet malware gains access to closed, secure industrial systems through the manual transfer of files using disks involving unsuspecting professionals with permission authority. At the Natanz plant in Iran, this particular malicious code was designed to activate when it encountered the computers that operate the centrifuge which it then hijacked and ran the system so fast that it broke the equipment all the while displaying normal operations to personnel.

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