Stuxnet: the father of cyber-kinetic weapons

Mar 18, 2017
"As we approach the 10th anniversary of when Stuxnet was (likely) deployed, it is worthwhile to examine the effect it still has on our world. As the world’s first-ever cyberweapon, it opened Pandora’s box. It was the first true cyber-kinetic weapon – and it changed military history and is changing world history, as well. Its impact on the future cannot be overstated.

Stuxnet’s beginnings
Stuxnet is believed to have been conceived jointly by the U.S. and Israel in 2005 or 2006 to cripple Iran’s nuclear weapon development without Iran even realizing that it had been attacked. An early version appears to have been deployed in 2007, but it didn’t reach its target. Perhaps that version’s goal was merely to gather intelligence. Its sophisticated platform was readily adaptable to espionage purposes and several related pieces of malware were primarily designed for that purpose.

The intelligence that its developers eventually obtained about Iranian operations enabled them to get Stuxnet inside Iran’s air-gapped (not connected to the internet) Natanz facility in 2009. They did this by infecting five Iranian companies that installed equipment in Natanz. When technicians at these companies connected their laptops to Natanz equipment, they unwittingly caused Stuxnet to download and spread throughout the facility. Through this indirect connection, Stuxnet’s developers were able to upload and command the malware through 2010, even though they did not have a direct connection with it.

How it worked
Stuxnet is considered the largest and most expensive malware development effort in history, a project too big for anyone but a nation-state to produce. It was also far too precisely targeted to damage anything other than equipment used only in Iranian uranium enrichment facilities."

HBO is actually in the process of turning this somewhat recent event into a TV show called "Zero Days." It has me thinking that something like this could be an endgame changer. We talk about a lot of things around here, but cyber warfare could be the ultimate false flag. In theory, you could deploy something that destroyed a system infrastructure in another area, that you already have the solution to, and because people are so dependent on technology, they will completely ignore the obvious and accept the solution potentially losing freedoms in the process.

The whole subject is very new so it will be interesting to see how it is integrated into our conspiracy discussions.

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