Stuxnet to be Analyzed at Cyber Warfare Event

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Press Release -- Experts to consider \'Hack of the Century\' as talks gear up for leading London cyber event

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Stuxnet to be Analyzed at Cyber Warfare Event

  1. 1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE STUXNET TO BE ANALYZED AT CYBER WARFARE CONFERENCE Experts to consider 'Hack of the Century' as talks gear up for leading London cyber event September 28 2010 – London, UK – The emergence of the 'Stuxnet Worm', a Windows-based malware program designed to upset and reprogram large-scale industrial computer systems, is being described by experts as the first recognised 'cyber weapon'. Where most cases of malware attacks have been motivated by financial reward or general disruption, Stuxnet has been clearly designed to target critical infrastructure. The worm operates through external Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), meaning that it can pass to computers not connected to the internet via transportable plug-in data drives. The program rose to public attention this month when it infected Iranian industrial plants. Cyber analysts believe that the originator of the worm will be exposed soon and agree that the developers are a specialist team with in-depth knowledge of the targeted systems, with most suggestions indicating a nation state effort to be behind its creation. Until the attack on Iranian infrastructure, experts widely understood the concept of cyber warfare to have been an eventuality rather than a reality. This event now places us in a new era where cyber warfare is no longer theoretical and action and discussion is vital to ensure the protection of critical infrastructure on a global scale. The issues surrounding the Stuxnet attack and the possible ramifications for the coming year will be analyzed at Defence IQ's 2010 Cyber Warfare conference, to be held between January 27-28 at the American Square Conference Centre in London. Expert speakers are confirmed for the event which will also include talks on NATO doctrine, structuring European response, and the issues of international cyber law. - END - For full details of the conference, visit: www.cyberwarfare-event.com For further information on both events, email: enquire@defenceiq.com Tel: +44 (0)20 7368 9300 or 0800 652 2363 Fax: +44 (0)20 7368 9301

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