According to counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke, Stuxnet was a weaponized malware computer worm. Stuxnet was launched in mid-2009, it did major damage to Iran’s nuclear program in 2010 and then spread to computers all over the world (Clarke, 2012).
Type of Breach
The Stuxnet is a computer worm, “it is a digital ghost with countless lines of code… it was able to worm its way into Iran’s nuclear fuel enrichment facility in Natanz, Iran” (Clarke, 2012). A worm is a program that spreads copies of itself through a network and a worm can also spread copies of itself as a stand-alone program (Pfleeger & Pfleeger, 2007).
How the Breach Occurred
On June 17, 2010, Sergey Ulasen, head of a small computer security firm called …show more content…
Technological Improvements That Would Help Prevent Recurrence
Some technological improvements that would help prevent recurrence are to disable all autorun capabilities on hard drives and network drives. Storage devices should be scanned for viruses before opening any files from such device. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recommend a layered defense-in-depth strategy that addresses security throughout the Industrial Control System (ICS) lifecycle, from architecture design through decommissioning. This includes security policies, training, and isolating critical communications in the most