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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad walks through a centrifuge hall at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in April 2008. The Stuxnet computer virus reportedly caused significant damage to many of these centrifuge machines in 2009 or 2010. (Photo by the Office of the Presidency of the Islamic Republic of Iran via Getty Images)

Is US at Risk of a Cyber Pearl Harbor?

Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 12:02 PM

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The unleashing of the Stuxnet computer virus on Iran’s nuclear program has led to a growing concern that the United States could be the next victim of a “cyber Pearl Harbor” — an event that could shut down or destroy significant parts of the nation’s infrastructure, including the electrical power grid, water system and nuclear reactors — while its perpetrators remain anonymous. A highly destructive weapon that enables the user to remain invisible is something new in the history of warfare, and is sure to change the rules.

Click HERE to read the full analysis of Stuxnet and other recent cyber attacks at LIGNET.com.









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