Stuxnet worm capability threatens basic functions of society

Monday - 12/13/2010, 3:40pm EST

A new report says the Stuxnet worm that an Iranian nuclear plant may not have been the target of the botnet.

The Congressional Research Service's report said the worm is a type of risk that threatens to cause harm to many activities deemed critical to the basic functioning of modern society.

The report says a successful attack by a software application like Stuxnet could result in manipulation of control system code to the point of inoperability or long-term damage.

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