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Author Zetter, Kim author.

Title Countdown to Zero Day : Stuxnet and the launch of the world's first digital weapon / Kim Zetter.

Publication Info. New York : Crown Publishers, [2014]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    355.4 ZET    Available
Edition First edition.
Description 433 pages ; 25 cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The case of the centrifuges -- Early warning -- 500 kilobytes of mystery -- Natanz -- Stuxnet deconstructed -- Springtime for Ahmadinejad -- digging for zero days -- Zero-day paydays -- The payload -- Industrial controls out of control -- Precision weapon -- A digital plot is hatched -- A new fighting domain -- Digital warheads -- Son of Stuxnet -- Flame -- Olympic Games -- The mystery of the centrifuges -- Qualified success -- Digital Pandora.
Summary "In January 2010, inspectors with the International Atomic Energy Agency noticed that centrifuges at an Iranian uranium enrichment plant were failing at an unprecedented rate. The cause was a complete mystery-- apparently as much to the technicians replacing the centrifuges as to the inspectors observing them. Then, five months later, a seemingly unrelated event occurred: a computer security firm in Belarus was called in to troubleshoot some computers in Iran that were crashing and rebooting repeatedly. At first, the firm's programmers believed the malicious code on the machines was a simple, routine piece of malware. But as they and other experts around the world investigated, they discovered a mysterious virus of unparalleled complexity. They had, they soon learned, stumbled upon the world's first digital weapon. For Stuxnet, as it came to be known, was unlike any other virus or worm built before: Rather than simply hijacking targeted computers or stealing information from them, it escaped the digital realm to wreak actual, physical destruction on a nuclear facility. In these pages, Wired journalist Kim Zetter draws on her extensive sources and expertise to tell the story behind Stuxnet's planning, execution, and discovery, covering its genesis in the corridors of Bush's White House and its unleashing on systems in Iran--and telling the spectacular, unlikely tale of the security geeks who managed to unravel a sabotage campaign years in the making"--Dust jacket.
Subject Cyberspace operations (Military science) -- United States.
Network-centric operations (Military science) -- United States.
Network-centric operations (Military science) -- Israel.
Computer crimes -- Investigation -- Iran -- Case studies.
Rootkits (Computer software)
Uranium enrichment -- Equipment and supplies.
Sabotage -- Iran.
Nuclear arms control -- Iran.
Nuclear nonproliferation -- Iran
United States -- Armed Forces -- Information technology.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Iran
Iran -- Foreign relations -- United States
ISBN 9780770436179 (hardback)
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