// Posted by Ginger on 05/28/2015 (7:09 PM)
Is it just me or do these readings remind you of The Terminator films? Systems are crashing and the military has a program that will bring the systems back on line. It is in Terminator 3 where Skynet takes over. The only thing between total world domination is one lone man, the lone man that ends up pushing the button that unleashes the wrath of Skynet on us and makes Arnold Schwarzenegger a household name. Here is the scene from the movie, Skynet takes over.
I mentioned it before and I will say it again, it is all about intentions. What are the intentions of having such a system as Skynet, (fake, I know) and Stuxnet? I am hoping that in a room somewhere below ground when the decision is made to unleash such a system onto the world that good is the intention. It was a good thing that the Iranians were slowed down in their production of nuclear weapons, right? It was a covert method that slowed the process down. I certainly hope this was the intention, but as the article, How Digital Detectives Deciphered Stuxnet, the Most Menacing Malware in History, pointed out, they will not be able to use this method again in the future. The Iranians know now what to look for. So do others for that matter.
Does it matter to you all if it was a good guy or a bad guy that caused this? In the article it was Chien that said, “For us there’s no good guys or bad guys.” He edited his statement, but what if this attack was aimed at a power plant in the United States or one of our allies? I think we would have a different opinion of it, I know I would. I can’t imagine working on this project and seeing the numbers of infected computers and the country of origin. Those guys may have just walked away from the project, but they kept on. Now all of the guys know, good and bad.
I had a strange virus on my computer earlier this year. It corrupted every Word document and 1500 photos on my work computer. I had some of the files back up on jump drives, but I lost every paper I have ever written for U of R. I now have back up storage, I am such a goober! I realize that my computer is not a computer in an Iranian nuclear power plant, but it is proof that malware can be very destructive. My computer had to be re-imaged and caused quite a stir in the IT department at work.