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Stuxnet worm capability threatens basic functions of society

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.

This story is part of Federal News Radio’s daily Cybersecurity Update brought to you by Tripwire. For more cybersecurity news, click here.

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