Iran official threatens retaliation for Stuxnet

Call for legal counter-measures actually dials down the tension

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Given the stakes (nuclear), Iran's resolve to take revenge in kind (cyber-militia) and heightened tensions in the region (several decades worth), it's Jalali is actually dialing down the rhetoric by calling for legal avenues of counter-attack rather than something bloodier.

On the other hand, an anonymous hacker who claims he or she was taking revenge for an "illegitimate firing" claims to have penetrated security of the giant wind farm run by a Florida electrical utility.

"Bgr R" claims to have found a weakness in Cisco security management software used it to hack into the SCADA systems used to control the turbines on a 200 megawatt wind turbine system outside Albuquerque, New Mexico owned by Florida Power & Light subsidiary NextEra Energy Resources.

NextEra said it has no evidence of having been hacked, and no damage to show for it.

In an email interview with IDG News, Big R showed screenshots as evidence of the penetration, which looked legitimate enough to cast doubt on the claim being a hoax, but didn't offer conclusive proof.

Stuxnet was the first concerted attack on the kind of public utilities and facilities that could create disasters in the real world as well as the digital one.

A wind farm doesn't have the same kind of risk potential. And this one might not even have been hacked.

If the next phase of computer insecurity is a series of sudden blackouts, brownouts, traffic-system outages, obscene messages on digital highway-construction signs and the like, I doubt anyone's going to enjoy the advance of digital violence into meatspace.

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