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

Zetter, Kim.

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A journey into the grey markets where Intel agencies and militaries are arming themselves with digital weapons and espionage tools needed to carry out future acts of cyberwarfare. The first shot across the bow of any international conflict will probably be some kind of sophisticated cyber-attack. Zetter presents an engaging account of the goings-on in the dark web and the dedication of tireless 'security researchers' who spend hundreds of hours making sense of these attacks.


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In January 2010, inspectors with the International Atomic Energy Agency began to notice that Iran's nuclear centrifuges were failing at an alarming rate. What was causing them to do so was a total mystery-apparently as much to the Iranian technicians as to the UN inspectors observing them. Then, in June 2010, a seemingly unrelated event occurred. A computer-security firm in Belarus was called in to investigate a computer in Iran that was caught in a reboot loop. At first, analysts assumed it was infected with a simple, routine piece of malware, but as they delved into its code they discovered a virus of unparalelled complexity and mysterious intent. Before long, experts around the world were beginning to understand that they had stumbled upon the world's first digital weapon. Stuxnet, as it came to be known, was a digital missile unlike any other virus or worm that had ever been built. Rather than simply stealing information from or damaging the computers it infected, it managed to physically destroy the devices the computers controlled-and was therefore a weapon that could wreak untold havoc on any country's infrastructure. It was an ingenious plot that proceeded exactl

Book Details

Author Zetter, Kim.
Format HC
Publisher Random House USA Inc
Imprint Crown Business
Number of Pages 304
Publish Date 24/11/2014
Catalogue Jul18
Catalogue book number 258