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  •  My favorite must be the Stuxnet worm. (0+ / 0-)

    The Stuxnet worm was most probably created by the CIA.

    Its payload? It wakes up, then checks to see if the computer where it's running is being used to control industrial centrifuge equipment, specifically, in Iran specifically. If one or the other of these things isn't true, it goes back to sleep and eventually erases itself. If it IS driving an industrial centrifuge in Iran, the virus takes over the control software and breaks the centrifuge.

    It did almost no damage worldwide. But it crippled Iran's nascent nuclear weapons program.

    Sometimes the good guys fight cyber-war too.

    I support torturous regimes! Also, I kick puppies.

    by eataTREE on Thu Nov 03, 2011 at 03:42:28 AM PDT

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