Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon

Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon

Kim Zetter


Top cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter tells the tale at the back of the virus that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear efforts and exhibits how its life has ushered in a brand new age of warfare—one within which a electronic assault could have a similar damaging potential as a megaton bomb.
 
In January 2010, inspectors with the foreign Atomic strength corporation spotted that centrifuges at an Iranian uranium enrichment plant have been failing at an exceptional expense. The reason was once an entire mystery—apparently as a lot to the technicians exchanging the centrifuges as to the inspectors looking at them.
 
Then, 5 months later, a likely unrelated occasion happened: a working laptop or computer safeguard company in Belarus was once known as in to troubleshoot a few pcs in Iran that have been crashing and rebooting repeatedly.
 
 At first, the firm’s programmers believed the malicious code at the machines used to be an easy, regimen piece of malware. yet as they and different specialists worldwide investigated, they found a mysterious virus of exceptional complexity.
 
they'd, they quickly discovered, stumbled upon the world’s first electronic weapon. For Stuxnet, because it got here to be identified, used to be in contrast to the other virus or computer virus equipped sooner than: instead of easily hijacking distinctive pcs or stealing details from them, it escaped the electronic realm to wreak real, physical destruction on a nuclear facility. 
 
In those pages, Wired journalist Kim Zetter attracts on her wide assets and services to inform the tale in the back of Stuxnet’s making plans, execution, and discovery, overlaying its genesis within the corridors of Bush’s White apartment and its unleashing on platforms in Iran—and telling the fantastic, not going story of the protection geeks who controlled to resolve a sabotage crusade years within the making.
 
yet Countdown to 0 Day ranges a long way past Stuxnet itself. the following, Zetter indicates us how electronic battle constructed within the US. She takes us inside of today’s flourishing zero-day “grey markets,” within which intelligence organisations and militaries pay large sums for the malicious code they should perform infiltrations and assaults. She unearths simply how susceptible lots of our personal severe platforms are to Stuxnet-like moves, from geographical region adversaries and nameless hackers alike—and indicates us simply what may perhaps take place may still our infrastructure be specific via such an assault.
 
Propelled by means of Zetter’s targeted wisdom and entry, and jam-packed with eye-opening reasons of the applied sciences concerned, Countdown to 0 Day is a complete and prescient portrait of a global on the fringe of a brand new type of battle.

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