Cyberespionage At A Crossroads

Cyberespionage At A Crossroads
Cyberespionage At A Crossroads 

By Kelly Jackson Higgins
Dec 01, 2010 

It has been a milestone week in cyberespionage developments that smacked 
of a spy movie, with a confession, a killing, and a leaked intelligence 
cable: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad issued a statement that 
"enemies" of Iran had successfully used software to disrupt centrifuges 
in Iran's nuclear facility, Iran's top nuclear scientist was 
assassinated, and a U.S. State Department cable obtained by WikiLeaks 
suggested the Chinese government had ordered the Aurora attack against 

While these events and disclosures fell short of providing actual proof 
about the success or even who was really behind these high-profile 
breaches, they punctuated what has been a game-changer of a year for 

"It used to be that you got on the front page of Time or were on CNN 
because you lost 20 million Social Security numbers. No one cares about 
that anymore," says Nick Selby, managing director of Trident Risk 
Management. "When a company loses a bunch of information about the 
company and how it does business, that's the new 'CNN moment.'"

While the attacks on Google, Adobe, Intel, and other U.S. companies 
earlier this year served as a big wake-up call to Corporate America, the 
Stuxnet worm shook the SCADA and critical infrastructure industry with a 
reality check that even physical equipment without Internet access isn't 
immune to attack.


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