Stuxnet & sons: anatomy of computer viruses that can destroy plants

Stuxnet is a very sophisticated virus, famous for having destroyed nuclear installations in Iran. Variants are now being developed. They can attack, as Stuxnet did, so called “SCADA” (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) IT systems, which are used to monitor, in real time, large scale technical installations, for instance to control industrial machines and processes, or to supervise the production and distribution of energy (electricity – with smartgrids – gas, oil) or water with potentially catastrophic consequences (massive power outage or water shortage, explosions, toxic spills…).
The risk strategy of industrial companies, whatever their size, must increasingly take into account this kind of threat.

Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus de Patrick Clair

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