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Symantec releases new report on Stuxnet
WARNS ENERGY SECTOR TO BEWARE

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/symantec-releases-new-report-on-stuxnet-warns-energy-sector-to-beware/
By: Molly McHugh  • February 15, 2011

As more information reveals the extent of Stuxnet's damage - and who may have been responsible - Symantec warns the power sector to look out.

Cyber security firm Symantec released its quarterly report yesterday, revealing that targeted attacks to steal company data have increased. The report specifically focuses on the Hydraq Trojan and the Stuxnet worm, and the damage they caused and concern for future attacks involving each.

“Past targeted attacks…are important because they demonstrate that there are vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure sectors – specifically, in the power and energy sectors. The Stuxnet attacks were the first ones that specifically targeted ICS (industrial control systems). This is significant because it is an actual event of what was formerly just a plausible scenario.”

In an interview with CNET, Symantec executive Ralph Langer says the targeted attacks using the Stuxnet virus were always intended “to destroy [Iran’s] centrifuges but also to lower the output of enriched uranium.” The security firm notes that these types of targeted attacks can easily be tied back to politics and government-led operations. The hardest hit facility was the Natanz nuclear plant in Iran, Langer says. The company also revealed earlier this year that of the more than 100,000 targeted organizations, 60 percent were Iranian. Additionally, 12,000 of the viruses were targeting only five hosts, industrial organizations located in the country.

And as news that the Stuxnet virus was intended to take down Iranian nuclear facilities surfaces, The Telegraph is reporting that Israel is inching towards claiming responsibility as the source. Israel has been a suspect, but according to the report, a video celebrating the military success of lieutenant general Gabi Ashkenazi’s features direct reference to his involvement with the Stuxnet worm. The video means the IDF may have unwittingly tied  itself closer to Stuxnet.

Aside to being increasingly careful with sensitive information, Symantec advises companies and organizations wary of attacks to limit Internet use. The report mentions energy and power industries are of particular concern. This warning comes shortly after a report from McAfee revealed that Chinese hackers may have launched cyberattacks targeting US energy firms last year.
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Saving Japan's Nuclear Reactor Industry - Interesting Article from Aug 2010: 
http://www.japaninc.com/node/4459


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Japan Inc blogs Japan is a world leader in nuclear reactor technology. That lead, however, is threatened by China, France, Korea and Russia. Moreover, failure in the American State of Texas might be the end for Japanese vendors of commercial nuclear reactors; companies which have been spearheading expansion of Japanís globe-leading industries. This failure is threatened not by mistakes by the companies themselves, but rather by the lack of political will and foresight of the U.S. Government, a government that has lacked the leadership to pass a carbon tax and not had the vision to appropriate adequate financing for nuclear power. Fortunately, there still is time for the Japanese nuclear industry to act to save itself, and, ironically, to save America as well from its short-sighted ways. 



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Rather sounds like Japan wasn't going along with the globalists? Was there a veiled threat in that statement?

Something not right about it!
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And yes...

WE HAVE CONFIRMATION OF STUXNET IN JAPAN!

New cybervirus found in Japan
Stuxnet designed to attack off-line servers via USB memory sticks
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T101004003493.htm
The Yomiuri Shimbun (Oct. 5, 2010)


Stuxnet, a computer virus designed to attack servers isolated from the Internet, such as at power plants, has been confirmed on 63 personal computers in Japan since July, according to major security firm Symantec Corp. The virus does not cause any damage online, but once it enters an industrial system, it can send a certain program out of control.  Symantec says the virus reaches the servers via USB memory sticks, and warns against the careless use of such devices.  Systems at power plants, gas stations and water facilities are not connected to the Internet to protect them from cyber-attacks.

A Symantec engineer who has analyzed the virus said it was made using advanced technology, and it is highly likely a well-funded organization, not an individual, produced it. The virus has spread throughout the globe via the Internet.  After Stuxnet finds its way onto an ordinary computer via the Internet, it hides there, waiting for a USB memory stick to be connected to the computer, when it transfers itself to the memory stick. When the USB device is then connected to a computer linked to an isolated server, it can enter the system and take control of it.  As computers that harbor Stuxnet do not operate strangely, the virus can be transferred to a memory stick inadvertently. According to the security company, the virus is designed to target a German-made program often used in systems managing water, gas and oil pipelines. The program is used at public utilities around the world, including in Japan.  The virus could cause such systems to act erratically, and it could take months to restore them to normal. The 63 infected computers found in Japan were likely infected sometime after June. According to the company, about 60 percent of the computers that have been infected with the virus were discovered in Iran. Since September, about 30,000 computers there have been found to be infected with the virus. The country's Industry and Mines Ministry has called the virus an electronic act of war. Some computers at the Iranian Bushehr nuclear power plant, which is scheduled to begin operation in October, have been infected with the virus.  A supervisor at the plant said the virus has not damaged the facility's main computer system and would not affect its planned opening. In Japan, no public utilities have been affected by the virus. Nevertheless, the Cabinet Office's National Information Security Center has urged electric power companies to exercise extreme care when using USB devices, and to scan any programs that may have been tampered with.


WTF? They did nothing about it according to this article except to tell people "be careful with that flash drive"
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[...]
The security firm notes that these types of targeted attacks can easily be tied back to politics and government-led operations.

Seems like the Climategate deniers are 100% against nuclear power. For one thing, it allows too many humans to be free without a carbon tax:


You Can't Nuke Global Warming
July, 2005
NEIS’ Director Dave Kraft presents the main reasons why nuclear power will not be able to reverse the global warming problem.  Taped at the Sulzer Regional Library in Chicago, by CAN TV.  Running Time: 1 hour 29 minutes
www.neis.org/Campaigns/YCNGW/You_Cant_Nuke_Global_Warming.pdf

Community Forum:"Nuclear Power and Global Warming", a conversation with Dr. Arjun Makhijani of IEER
Oct. 6, 2006
In spite of the press articles to the contrary, the self-proclaimed "nuclear renaissance" is no solution to the global warming problem, and is likely to create even worse nuclear proliferation problems than we currently have with Iran and North Korea, says Dr. Arjun Makhijani, President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research of Takoma Park, Maryland.  Dr. Makhijani explains in detail the failings of nuclear power, and why we should be pursuing a radically different energy future. Total Running Time:  28 min.
Available on Google Video at: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5145483744243741142&q=NEIS&hl=en

Carbon Free, Nuclear Free: A Roadmap for US Energy Policy
May 19, 2008
With Dr. Arjun Makhijani, President, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research ( IEER ). In the debate about what we should do about global warming, the Public is frequently given the false and disingenuous choice between continuing with some form of coal; or nuclear power. Renewable energy is marginalized, and then not discussed. Misleading statements about environmentalists reconsidering the use of nuclear power abound -- just as fake advertising trumpeting, "Most doctors smoke Camel cigarattes" abounded when the tobacco industry was trying to confuse the public about the health risks of smoking. What has NOT received sufficient coverage in the media is that we currently possess a great deal of the technological know-how needed to begin creating an energy future that will be BOTH carbon free, and nuclear free -- and by the year 2050 acording to day's guest. Dr. Arjun Makhijani, President of the Inst. for Energy and Envirnmental Research in Takoma Park MD, will flesh out the details to this enormously important roadmap for a sane, sustainable and environmentally responsible US energy policy.
www.ieer.org/carbonfree/pressrelease.html

Nuclear Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing : the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership, with former Greenpeace activist Shaun Birnie of Scotland and Aileen Mioko Smith of Japan
May 14, 2007
Bush Administration plans for a "global nuclear energy partnership" is one of the backbones of revitalizing the nuclear industry in the US and abroad. And one of the main facets of this GNEP is the “reprocessing” of spent reactor fuel. Activists Aileen Mioko Smith of Japan and Shaun Birnie of Scotland explain the effects of reprocessing on the environment in Japan and Scotland; and why because of its proliferation potential reprocessing is an international security threat. Total Running Time 27min 17 sec. Available at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1498918502264826711.

EarthDay 2007 and Global Warming: an Update for the Planet with NEIS Director Dave Kraft
April 6, 2007
An Earth Day look at the state of the climate, and disingenuous attempts by the nuclear power industry to hawk its product &endash; the "nuclear renaissance" -- as a “solution” for global warming. NEIS Director explains why You Can’t "Nuke" Global Warming (also the name of NEIS's 2007 campaign to remove 1 million pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere using non-nuclear methods), and what we should be doing instead. Total Running Time: 27 minutes.
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