If you’ve followed cyber news at all in the past six months, youâve probably heard of Stuxnet, the malicious Internet worm that targeted Iranâs critical infrastructure. And, youâve probably also heard how Stuxnet was âgame-changing,â because of its devastating demonstration of a cyber attackâs potential to wreak havoc on critical systems.
But one cybersecurity expert now says Stuxnet wasnât as game-changing as breathless media coverage made it out to be.
âStuxnet, which targeted a specific type of infrastructure, was sophisticated, but not different from a lot of malware,â he said. âThere wasn’t anything that was game-changing.â
Meyers said Stuxnet might have surprised people unfamiliar with malwareâs capabilities.
âFor a lot of people who hadn’t seen that before,â he said, âit was a revelation to them that you can target supervisory control and data acquisition systems and incident command systems and have malware jump from an open network to a closed network from, say, a USB port.
âFor some people, it was a game-changer, but I guess it’s all about perspective,â he added.