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Stux in a rut: Why Stuxnet is boring

John Aycock
Virus Bulletin, September 2011, page 14-17
ISSN 0956-9979
September 2011

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The much-storied Stuxnet worm is unworthy of the hype surrounding it. The biggest surprise is that Stuxnet contains no surprises, and as such it suggests a general failure of security to respond to threats that are well known. The erroneous characterization of Stuxnet as ‘game-changing’ does raise other questions, however: what are the hallmarks of real game-changing security events, and why don’t we see more of them?

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