Oct 202010

There are many computer viruses and worms out there.  Stuxnet is an evolution of the computer worm in a sense.  It’s the first worm to spy on and reprogram industrial systems.  Stuxnet does this by attacking Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems used to control and monitor industrial processes and reprogramming Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs).  It’s possibly the first worm to have a specific target which is believed to be the Bushehr nuclear reactor in Iran.  It’s believed that only a country could have produced it.  This is likely if for no other reason that it would be next to impossible to find a malware programmer with knowledge of SCADA systems.

A future Stuxnet will not need to be created by a country since the conceptual knowledge (at least) is out there now.  Plus, the target of a future Stuxnet may not need specialized knowledge of systems like SCADA.  Imagine what an anti-feminist Stuxnet would do.  It would specifically target computers belonging to NOW (the National Organization of Women) and other women’s groups, child support agencies, family/divorce courts, women’s studies departments at universities, etc.  Perhaps it could target something as specific as feminist websites and blogs (although for maximum effectiveness that would require advancements in natural language processing and machine learning that will not happen in the near term).

Critical systems like the Bushehr nuclear reactor are much better protected than the computer systems and networks feminists use.  Truly critical systems are not even put on the internet.  That is not the case with most of the computers that an anti-feminist Stuxnet will target.  An anti-feminist Stuxnet would be much easier to create.  Unless it seriously wants to attack databases, an anti-feminist Stuxnet does not require even a minimum of specialized knowledge besides being able to identify its target systems.  Creating an anti-feminist Stuxnet will be within the skills of at least a significant fraction of malware programmers (if not most or all).  This means that in the near future there probably will be an anti-feminist Stuxnet.

  6 Responses to “Stuxnet”

  1. You know just how to turn a piece of potentially bad news into good news.

  2. I work in IT and know quite a bit about security. I’m terrified by what is currently possible. Just two or three geeks in their basements could wreak tremendous havoc. But we’re too nice to do something that vicious.

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  4. The problem is that this goes both ways. Stuxnet could be used to take down feminist sites, but could also be used to take down MRA/game sites. It does present an interesting scenario of internet warfare though. Iran and the US trying to nuke each other’s government servers.

    • That’s true except for one thing. Taking down blogs is the least effective use of a future Stuxnet. Blogs can easily be moved, redone, etc. That’s true for both feminist blogs and mra/game blogs. Where an anti-feminist stuxnet really would shine is taking down NOW’s computers and networks, the computers and networks of child support agencies, divorce courts, etc. There is no National Organization For Men or government agencies acting for men so no computers/networks for a worm to take down. That’s where the difference is and why a feminist Stuxnet would be meaningless.

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