Originally Posted by jetsam
Just so happens an Israeli-US created virus attacks Russian systems?
Is this supposed to be funny?
According to Kaspersky's own analysis of Stuxnet, it should be harmless to facilities like the ISS and nuclear power plants. It's only harmful to a very specific type of controller for a very specific type of centrifuge used for enriching uranium.
In other words, unless that nuclear power plant is enriching uranium in-house with the exact same hardware that the Iranians (presumably) used, it won't do anything. Stuxnet might spread with no restraints, but it's harmless unless it detects a valid target according to many, many parameters that were designed presumably to keep it specific to Iranian facilities.
Even if that power plant does enrich uranium, Stuxnet damages centrifuges over time. It cannot cause catastrophic failure or anything of the sort, since uranium enrichment isn't even part of the critical processes that happen in a power plant, but even if it was, it was designed to damage centrifuges in such a way that the engineers did not suspect something was awry - so they would assume the centrifuges failed due to regular wear and tear, replace them and the uranium enrichment process would be slowed down.
Also, Stuxnet might be malware, but it's very reliable software. It was discovered after failing on some random computer in Europe and causing a BSOD, but by then it was already installed on over 100,000 computers - and that's just the computers which are both running Kaspersky and connected to the internet directly, on which it did not fail. That's far more reliable than most software.
In summary, I think this article as well as Kaspersky's statement is just fear mongering. Stuxnet is probably one of the most harmless malware around, being that it's stand-alone (it doesn't communicate with any C&C servers, so it cannot be used for surveillance) and only ever does anything except spread when it detects a very specific kind of Siemens hardware.Edited by Coma - 11/14/13 at 1:05pm