cyberweapon

cyberweapon

An umbrella term for any type of virus or malware that steals data or causes disruption. See cyber espionage.
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While this effect may not be the intent of a cyberweapon, when malware interacts with already imperfect information systems, the potential for undesired effects cannot be overlooked or underestimated.
A mistaken algorithm or an error in a code can cause even a precisely targeted cyberweapon to proliferate out of control.
Indeed, the US/Israeli Stuxnet cyberweapon -- a computer worm that literally shook Iranian centrifuges to pieces -- was so successful that Tehran re-evaluated its plans to replace several thousand costly machines at a time when its economy was in dire conditions.
They include advanced malware such as Flame (a cyberespionage program) (3) or Stuxnet (a cyberweapon designed to destroy other software and computer systems).
This cyberweapon attempted to obtain documents from high-ranking executives, mainly those in the defense field at companies that developed unmanned drone planes.
The 'Shamoon' malware that nixed the hard drives of 30,000 Saudi oil industry PCs in August was more of a 'quick and dirty' job by talented amateurs than a skilfully crafted professional cyberweapon, an analysis has concluded .
Researchers say complex cyberweapon is targeting Iran Security researchers say they have discovered a potent and sophisticated strain of malware dubbed "Flame" that resembles malware that recently targeted Iran's oil industry.
A Russian computer firm said last week it had discovered a new computer virus with unprecedented destructive potential that chiefly targets Iran and could be used as a cyberweapon by the West and Israel.
164) Some have also noted the need for policies regarding cyberweapon use, arms control agreements, the delegation of authority, and transparency.
5) Mark Clayton, "Stuxnet: Ahmadinejad Admits Cyberweapon Hit Iran Nuclear Program," Christian Science Monitor, November 30, 2010, available at <www.
This could cause havoc, ranging from massive network outages to the creation of a cyberweapon of mass destruction that attacks government computers.