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Kaspersky Says Cyber Weapons "Cleaner" Than Traditional Weapons But "Much Worse" 89

DavidGilbert99 writes "Eugene Kaspersky and Mikko Hypponen have been watching the cyber security world every since happy hackers were writing viruses for nothing more than their own entertainment. Today however things are very much different. At the DLD 2013 conference, the pair debated the current state of cyber warfare and cyber weapons. Kaspersky said that while cyber weapons may be much 'cleaner' than traditional missiles, guns and bombs, they are 'much worse' as they can be used by just about anyone who has some level of computer proficiency. Both agreed that it was very difficult to protect against the highly-complex nation-state developed malware like Stuxnet, Flame and Gauss. Hypponen said that we are in the 'first stages of a cyber-arms race' warning: 'I think we've only seen the very beginning of these problems.'"
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Kaspersky Says Cyber Weapons "Cleaner" Than Traditional Weapons But "Much Worse"

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  • not worse (Score:5, Interesting)

    by rubycodez ( 864176 ) on Monday January 21, 2013 @12:15PM (#42647719)

    defacing websites? taking down SCADA systems of those stupid enough to internet connect them? who has died as direct result of cyber crime?

  • by paiute ( 550198 ) on Monday January 21, 2013 @12:59PM (#42648217)
    In meatspace war, the object was always to damage flesh. We first had blunt objects (stones, clubs) which gave way to sharp piercing weapons (spears, arrows) which gave way to propelled metal (flintlocks, rifles) which gave way to blast waves and shrapnel (shells, bombs) which evolved into directable versions (cruise missiles, armed drones). The next step is probably autocontrolled weapons v1.0, iRobots which scurry through the battlefield and club the enemy or some such.

    I wonder where we are on that scale with weaponizable viruses. Are Stuxnet and its peers the equivalent of Predator drones or will we look back decades from now and think that they were the crude matchlock blunderbusses of their day?

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