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Better Explanations Needed

By Matthew Yglesias

"Better Explanations Needed"

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Ed Barnes’ story on the havok being wreaked by Stuxnet on the Iranian nuclear program is pretty interesting, but then there’s this: “Examination of the worm shows it was a cybermissile designed to penetrate advanced security systems.”

Maybe it’s just me, but I find that description totally unenlightening. And yet the apparent success of this tactic indicates to me that we’re probably going to hear more about this kind of thing. Until recently, my impression was that talk of “cyberwar” and the like was just so much hot air. But Stuxnet seems to be having a significant impact on a major-league global security issue and if that can happen once I doubt it’ll happen only once.

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