Personally, I think Stuxnet wasn't just created to destroy Iran's capability, but to provide an enduring cyber-security threat that will require governments to create elaborately intrusive cyber-security programs to deal with the problem.
After all in the United States, Present Obama has been going nonstop about cyber-security this, and cyber security that, and most all the initiatives place Cyber Command, which is a military command at the heart of cyber-defense. This is a problem because the military is not supposed to be performing domestic policing functions and for good reason. To make matters even worse than that, the same guy who heads Cyber-Command (General Keith Alexander) is the same guy who heads the NSA, and the Central Security Service (which integrates the NSA with the Service Cryptologic Elements of the US Armed Forces) which has had a notoriously bad record over the past several years for performing massive warrantless wiretapping (any phone call you made, any e-mail you sent and received, as well as IM's have pretty much been all intercepted by the NSA with the help of telecommunications companies).
Since 2006, an NSA official under condition of anonymity claimed that the NSA had an objective to archive every single phone-call ever made in the United States, this year an individual who actually played a role in creating the technology used has stated that he has reason to suspect the NSA is archiving every e-mail sent over the past few years, and finally a former NSA employee named J. Kirk Wieb has actually stated the following: I feel I'm living in the very country I worked for years to defeat: the Soviet Union. We're turning into a police state."
Effectively, at least 90% of the reason for these cyber-security initiatives are about giving the government broad-sweeping powers to perform massive autonomous surveillance and data-mining of American citizens, businesses the likes the world has never seen.
Over the past several years there have been a couple of prominent programs such as...
...and currently under development
Perfect Citizen: which is particularly designed for Cyber security.
That being said, I'd like to remind everybody in a manner reminiscent of the SNL bit on Julian Assange
- No matter how I die: It was murder (even if there was a suicide note or a video of me peacefully dying in my sleep)
- Should I be arrested or framed for a criminal offense, or disappear entirely -- I think we all know who to blame for it
Thank youThanks, that was rather well written and very informative.
CorrectHowever, I think whether or not Stuxnet was created for defensive purposes isn't really important now -- creators of the the A-bombs and the first largescale guns had similar excuses too.
Much simpler actually. The US government made the code public because that creates an enduring cyber security threat. It was the proverbial match that burns twice. It burned once in that it threw a serious monkey wrench into Iran's nuclear weapon's program; it burns twice in that it's now a threat that needs to be guarded against, and with it being open source, anybody could alter it and make it into an even newer deadlier weapon.If it had indeed been the people you think with those intentions, then it's the same issue seeing that they leaked the code and made it a readily available weapon. And for all we know, the US Govt may have had both defense and sabotage in mind. (If I'm missing a point, attribute it to my not being American )
Well, 9/11 was a crisis gave the government all sorts of power that they didn't have before. I'm not saying 9/11 was orchestrated by our government, but it was a disastrous crisis (a crisis can be opportunistically exploited, allowed to happen, orchestrated).But I can't see what they might have to gain from a cyber crisis, presuming they were behind it and planned out the leakage.