Stuxnet and Flame Indicate The Face of 21st Century Cyber Warfare
Infographic from Veracode reveals Stuxnet has become the blue print for today’s cyber weapons
BURLINGTON, Mass. – August 8, 2012 - Veracode, Inc., the leader in cloud-based application security testing, the impact of the Stuxnet worm has highlighted how owners and operators of critical infrastructure are on the front line in the battle to keep their systems secure. With recent information suggesting that the teams responsible for the Flame and Stuxnet cyber-attacks collaborated in the early stages of development, the framework of Stuxnet may have become the blueprint for the next big cyber weapon.
This is illustrated in Veracode’s most recent infographic released today, entitled “The New Face of 21st Century Cyber Warfare.” With a detailed outline of the history of Stuxnet and the future implications of the framework being replicated, enterprises will gain a greater awareness of the impact that sophisticated cyber-attacks can have.
The risks from worms and viruses to denial of service attacks and targeted exploitation have increased significantly. With critical infrastructure companies increasingly adopting software applications and networked computing to perform essential functions, now even infrastructure that is isolated by design is vulnerable.
“This infographic clearly shows that traditional security is no longer effective in isolation. Attacks like Flame – the most sophisticated cyber spying program ever discovered – and Duqu show that the face of cyber attacks has escalated to a new level,” said Fergal Glynn, Director of Marketing, Veracode. “This, coupled with the growing complexities of applications, can create unintended vulnerabilities in systems that can compromise the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of critical infrastructure resources.”
The Stuxnet virus, which was originally created in 2006 by the US and Israel to slow Iran’s nuclear efforts, infected 130,000 computers globally in the summer of 2010. It reportedly damaged industrial control systems after being introduced through an infected thumb drive that bridged the air gap and propagated through the local area network.
“The New Face of 21st Century Cyber Warfare” infographic is available for download from the Veracode site: Stuxnet Infographic, as well as a report about Confronting Cyber Risk in Critical Infrastructure. Interested parties have permission to embed and share the infographic on their websites or blogs with attribution.
Veracode is the only independent provider of cloud-based application intelligence and security verification services. The Veracode platform provides the fastest, most comprehensive solution to improve the security of internally developed, purchased or outsourced software applications and third-party components. By combining patented static, dynamic and manual testing, extensive eLearning capabilities, and advanced application analytics, Veracode enables scalable, policy-driven application risk management programs that help identify and eradicate numerous vulnerabilities by leveraging best-in-class technologies from vulnerability scanning to penetration testing and static code analysis. Veracode delivers unbiased proof of application security to stakeholders across the software supply chain while supporting independent audit and compliance requirements for all applications no matter how they are deployed, via the web, mobile or in the cloud. Veracode works with customers in more than 80 countries worldwide including Global 2000 brands such as Barclays PLC and Computershare as well as the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). For more information, visit www.veracode.com, follow on Twitter: @Veracode or read the Veracode Blog.
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