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"The Worm Turns" As Chevron 'Infected' By Stuxnet Collateral Damage

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"I don't think the US government even realized how far it had spread" is how the collateral damage from the Iran-attacking Stuxnet computer virus is described by Chevron. The sleep San-Ramon-based oil giant admitted this week that from 2010 on "we're finding it in our systems and so are other companies... so now we have to deal with it." It would seem that little consideration for just how viral this cyber warfare tactic has become and this news (reported by Russia Today) is the first time a US company has come clean about the accidental infection. Discovered in 2010, the Stuxnet worm was reported with all but certainty to be the creation of the United States, perhaps with the assistance of Israel, to set back Iran’s nuclear enrichment program as a preemptive measure against an eventual war. In a June 2012 article published by The New York Times, government agents with direct knowledge of Stuxnet claimed that first President George W. Bush, then Barack Obama, oversaw the deployment of the worm as part of a well-crafted cyberassault on Iran. On the record, the federal government maintains ignorance on the subject of Stuxnet, but perhaps Chevron sums up the impact of Stuxnet best (given the escalating Iranian enrichment program): "I think the downside of what they did is going to be far worse than what they actually accomplished."


Via Russia Today:

America’s cyberwar is already seeing collateral damage, and it’s hitting the country’s own billion-dollar companies. Oil giants Chevron say the Stuxnet computer virus made by the US to target Iran infected their systems as well.


California-based Chevron, a Fortune 500 company that’s among the biggest corporations in the world, admits this week that they discovered the Stuxnet worm on their systems back in 2010. Up until now, Chevron managed to make their finding a well-kept secret, and their disclosure published by the Wall Street Journal on Thursday marks the first time a US company has come clean about being infected by the virus intended for Iran’s nuclear enrichment program. Mark Koelmel of the company’s earth sciences department says that they are likely to not be the last, though.


“We’re finding it in our systems and so are other companies,” says Koelmel. “So now we have to deal with this.”


Koelmel claims that the virus did not have any adverse effects on his company, which generated a quarter of a trillion dollars in revenue during 2011. As soon as Chevron identified the infection, it was taken care of immediately, he says. Other accidental targets might not be so lucky though, and the computer worm’s complex coding means it might be a while before anyone else becomes aware of the damage.


“I don’t think the US government even realized how far it had spread,” Koelmel adds.


Discovered in 2010, the Stuxnet worm was reported with all but certainty to be the creation of the United States, perhaps with the assistance of Israel, to set back Iran’s nuclear enrichment program as a preemptive measure against an eventual war. Only as recently as this June, however, American officials with direct knowledge of the worm went public with Uncle Sam’s involvement.


In a June 2012 article published by The New York Times, government agents with direct knowledge of Stuxnet claimed that first President George W. Bush, then Barack Obama, oversaw the deployment of the worm as part of a well-crafted cyberassault on Iran. Coupled with another malicious program named Flame and perhaps many more, Stuxnet was waged against Iran as part of an initiative given the codename “Olympic Games.” Rather than solely stealing intelligence through use of computer coding, the endeavor was believed to be the first cyberattack that intended to cause actual hard damage.


“Previous cyberattacks had effects limited to other computers,” Michael Hayden, the former chief of the CIA, explained to the Times earlier this year. “This is the first attack of a major nature in which a cyberattack was used to effect physical destruction.”


On the record, the federal government maintains ignorance on the subject of Stuxnet. With American companies perhaps soon coming out of the woodwork to discuss how they were hit, though, the White House may have to finally admit that they’ve had direct involvement.


After the Times published their expose in June, Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of Intelligence Committee, called for an investigation to track down how the media was first made aware of America’s involvement in Olympic Games.


"I am deeply disturbed by the continuing leaks of classified information to the media, most recently regarding alleged cyber efforts targeting Iran's nuclear program,” Feinstein said through a statement at the time. “I made it clear that disclosures of this type endanger American lives and undermine America's national security."


When Feinstein spoke to DC’s The Hill newspaper, she said, "the leak about the attack on Iran's nuclear program could 'to some extent' provide justification for copycat attacks against the United States." According to the chairwoman, "This is like an avalanche. It is very detrimental and, candidly, I found it very concerning. There's no question that this kind of thing hurts our country."


Just last month, a shadowy Iranian-based hacking group called The Qassam Cyber Fighters took credit for launching a cyberattack on the servers of Capital One Financial Corp. and BB&T Corp., two of the biggest names in the American banking industry. Days earlier, Google informed some of its American users that they may be targeted in a state-sponsored cyberattack from abroad, and computer experts insist that these assaults will only intensify over time.


“We absolutely have seen more activity from the Middle East, and in particular Iran has been increasingly active as they build up their cyber capabilities,” CrowdStrike Security President George Kurtz told the Times.


Speaking of the accidental impact Stuxnet could soon have in the US, Chevron’s Koelmel tells the Journal, "I think the downside of what they did is going to be far worse than what they actually accomplished.”


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Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:04 | 2968255 resurger
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Sexual prolification in progress....

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:32 | 2968326 NewThor
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"Teaming up with Skynet will make us unstoppable. What could possibly go wrong?" - USA GOV

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:48 | 2968370's picture

We hate us for our freedom.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:58 | 2968393 knukles
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They Hate US for our Fiefdoms

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 17:13 | 2968424 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Beware the Fiscal Kalif.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 19:15 | 2968713 Bicycle Repairman
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"Grey Goo"

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 22:03 | 2969015 Vampyroteuthis ...
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The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 00:52 | 2969213 dugorama
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beware the fiscal Caliph!

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 03:00 | 2969299 putaipan
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all of your freedoms belong to hate.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:05 | 2968257 mjorden
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Don't worry people, Once Obama's executive order comes into play ... he can just shut down the internetz.  No worries here.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:35 | 2968334 NewThor
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Obama should also put a kill switch on the 30,000 drones.

I'd bet those bitches can be hacked.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 22:04 | 2969018 Vampyroteuthis ...
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Hook 'em!

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 22:30 | 2969047 JuliaS
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Takes $1000 worth of gear to spoof a GPS signal? We're safe then as in 5-10 years no one will have that kind of money except for the government workers.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 22:49 | 2969069 Ident 7777 economy
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Give me a 10.23 MHz crystal, a handful of TTL chips (esp. an XOR gate for 'modulation') and an L band source (portions which can also be built derived from the 10.23 MHz rock) .. I don't think that amounts to 1,000 bucks even from Digi-key in small quantities ...


I don't even need that much accuracy in the 'rock' as I'll calibrate against a beat note derived from 10 MHz WWV ...


Should have a build-able proto on 'Destructables' in a few weeks.





Sun, 11/11/2012 - 00:43 | 2969199 CrazyCooter
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Um ...

TTL - In your use of the term, it is as generic as give me a "automobile" and I will achieve some "highly specific task" ... between the two is a shit ton of knowledge and engineering. I got a "TTL" book from when I was in college ... like ... 20 years ago ...

X MHz- Unless you can demonstrate why your cited band is so key to your objective, you are as important as "Obama and I play golf". Great. You can say it, but is it true and what are the implications. Right, you are talking shit.

Mhz rock - sounding cool doing XMHz from the previous bullet except you use "rock" in the assertion.

If you are such a fucking McGyver with 1k USD, then why are you trolling ZH instead of building your sub 1k fuck-the-system-whatever that is so clearly overlooked by any of the engineers that built said system.

STFU. Genius.



P.S. My humor filter is broken, so if I really missed the joke, my apologies.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 20:31 | 2968832 monkeyboy
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I hear there's alot of money to be made on the interwebz.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 20:47 | 2968871 A Nanny Moose
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Burn the village to save it...

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 03:05 | 2969306 putaipan
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it takes a nation of one hundred million smoking embers to educate a child....

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:08 | 2968263 cifo
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How is it going to be much worse if the virus was designed to damage the enrichment centrifuges?

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:33 | 2968330 Matt
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Somehow, the virus spread to an oil refiner. It demonstrates that malware can go well beyond its intended target. 

Also, retaliation; if other countries develop cyberwarfare programs in response to America, then you have risk of attack on oil refineries, nuclear plants, hydro dams, etc. 


Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:36 | 2968340 NewThor
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Are you implying there are countries that don't like America?


Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:58 | 2968391's picture

Some moron at claims to have debunked the theory that Stuxnet was developed with Israeli assistance and that its intended target was Iran. It's really more poo-pooing than debunking. The supposedly debunked arguments look fairly compelling to me.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 20:43 | 2968862 OMG
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We have been bombing blowing up countries right & left bringing them the freedom they desire, it's obvious they LOVE US for it! A few countries could have pulled the plug years ago by refusing to buy our debt, they are all in on it....all of them. The red shields are playing both sides of the table and the middle.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 21:34 | 2968952 A Nanny Moose
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I they hated us for our freedom, how could they possibly still hate us?

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 03:17 | 2969308 putaipan
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they don't. they hate the chicago school of rigged market ayn/ru/rand paulian neo-liberal bailout my ass rigged socialist/capitalism/fasciast system of economic eschatological chaos , or ,if might i be redundant, scholl of blasphamy. SHOW ME THE ORDER.



Sat, 11/10/2012 - 17:43 | 2968507 machineh
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Viruses: yet another 'benefit' of our unshakable relationship with a certain shitty little country.

If we send the mideastern leeches another $3 billion, would they kindly provide the 'uninstall' key?

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 03:19 | 2969309 putaipan
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Sat, 11/10/2012 - 20:15 | 2968803 Papasmurf
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It makes you wonder how these critical resources remain on public networks.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 21:37 | 2968964 A Nanny Moose
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They aren't. If designed correctly, they are firewalled from the rest of the internal network.

Regardless, the weak spot is the personnel in charge of them, who are easily socially engineered.

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 03:20 | 2969312 putaipan
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and it makes me wander...............

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 20:40 | 2968812 malikai
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Stuxnet is designed to attack SCADA systems, which are generic control systems for many, many commercial/industrial applications.

SCADA systems can be found in aviation, power plants and distribution grids, pipelines, refineries, manufacturing plants, etc.

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 06:49 | 2969399 Kiwi Pete
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It would be a real bitch if it somehow spread to your own nuclear power plants. I understand you have a few centrifuges too and rumours of a well developed program to produce WMDs.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:11 | 2968270 JustObserving
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You cannot have a war without firendly-fire casualties.  Of course, for every enemy target there are 1000 friendly targets in a cyberwar.  

Maybe, Chevron can sue Obama for damages.

You cannot escape your own viruses or your karma.


Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:16 | 2968287 resurger
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true, for a broke fucking oil compnay which faces thousands of legal suits, it could be possible that they will sue Obama administration for some $$$

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:25 | 2968309 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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When you put it like that it is almost as if they corporations want to be infected so they have an excuse for not meeting earnings and whatnot.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:33 | 2968331 NewThor
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Bank of America accounts are experiencing trouble today.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 17:00 | 2968397 knukles
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BofA has trouble every fucking day

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 03:24 | 2969314 putaipan
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ain't no reason to delay....

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 17:10 | 2968415 IridiumRebel
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Thanks for reminding me why I dropped those cocksuckers last year. Small banks are better if any of them are any good which they are not.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 20:48 | 2968872 Kassandra
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Credit Unions are also good, except for mine, who managed to keep my fucking drivers license yesterday!!

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 00:14 | 2969170 Deo vindice
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If your driver's license has that kind of ability, it will be worth a lot - just for the sheer entertainment value if nothing else.

No wonder they kept it.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 21:05 | 2968904 PLira
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I have, so far, zero complaints about my Credit Union. I've been banking with the them for more than 15 years.

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 03:44 | 2969323 DollarMenu
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Mine is just o.k.

I think the non-profit mentality results in a service level

that I imagine would be the same as if the USPS did banking.

Long lines at slow ATMs, and forget about actually taking a number for

anything involving a human on their side.

It's odd, standinng in an ATM line as someone feeds a

several hundred dollar deposit in cash into the machiine.

Guy probably works for cash, and that's easier/faster than spending the whole afternoon in a teller line.

Still, it's not JPM or BofA, although I miss their ATM's.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:13 | 2968275 Tirpitz
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So, are our Revolutionary Guard hacker friends striking back? Can't be some GWB'ush project pushed by O'bummer is getting out of [zionist] control.

Sow the wind, reap the consequences.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:31 | 2968325 seek
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It's not Iran striking back, pure collateral damage. Like real-life viruses, you can't control where these things go once released into the wild.

Not surprised the wicked witch of the west's response to this is to try to find out who leaked it in order to keep secrets. One day we may see a half dozen refineries go up in smoke, and they'll lay the blame on China or Iran when it's far more likely it's a fuckup by our own guys persuing a cyberwar strategy that wasn't thought out very well.

Stuxnet is only the beginning. Don't forget that Duqu and Flame are related, newer, state-sponsored trojans, and Flame went undiscovered for years, and that some antivirus firms and Microsoft have been suspected or even proven to be complicitly supporting government-backed intrusions.

Power-mad control freaks have a habit of blowing themselves up, and unfortunately take a lot of innocent bystanders with them.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 17:07 | 2968407's picture
SCTV Farm Film Report (He Blowed Up Real Good)

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 20:57 | 2968891 Urban Redneck
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I am not sure Stuxnet is the beginning, only that that is the first time they've been caught letting the genie out of the bottle.  In the Bubba Bubble of the 90's- an old acquaintance mentioned one of his companies was developing advanced cyber weapons to disrupt critical infrastructure, so they would have been well along the way to opening Pandora's box even before the post-9/11 spending orgy kicked off, much less the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 (which had plenty of critical infrastructure whose disruption could have beneficial to US efforts).

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:24 | 2968298 virgilcaine
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I believe the Def Sec. Panetta was speaking of this recently. ? Going to use my term for the Year it seems.. 'quite strange'. Get used to weird, strange and things that go bump in the night.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:23 | 2968299 Kaiser Sousa
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nobody except amerikka and the zionist entity could possible posses the intelligence and capacity to wage this kind of war.  they're so much superior to everyone else....








sarcasm: stupid American Hegemonic Bitchez.......

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:23 | 2968300 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Imagine when the algos on the NYSE come down with a bad case of Stuxnet.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:28 | 2968317 JustObserving
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They are destructive enough of American prosperity without the virus.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 20:17 | 2968809 Papasmurf
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They are a virus unto their own right.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:47 | 2968368 DeadFred
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How could they ever be infected? Oh, Porn site > SEC > HFT computers. Doomed.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:53 | 2968386 live free
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I could care less about that... I would just sit back and watch those fireworks and laugh....

What I WOULD be concerned about it if it hit the grid.  Moving up on my prepardness efforts quickly....


Just started watching that show Revolution.... It's been rumored that the elite give signals to the sheeple what will happen in the future... I think we are seeing that on TV quite a bit these days.



Sat, 11/10/2012 - 17:52 | 2968432 Zero Govt
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No fireworks, "Koelmel claims that the virus did not have any adverse effects on his company.."

one bloated dinosaur oil giant gets "no problems" on their network but the MSM runs the whine

2 billion people suffer daily with the real problems Microshits bug-ridden, virus-magnetised sub-standard junk software around the world and not a squeek

todays journalists obviously don't live in the real world who've been suffering this scandelous monopolist garbage for over 20 years in a mass-media blackout of real world issues

if you're suffering from a story shortage MSM it's because you spend most of your time silencing the truth and scraping the bottom of the barrel for inane dribble like this 

cry me a river Chevron/MSM

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 21:21 | 2968929 PLira
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There are no journalists anymore. Only propagandists.Diogenes would be hard pressed to find either the honest man or a journalist not spinning the official position.

Please use the right terminology in the future.

That is all.

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 00:06 | 2969160 Dr. Sandi
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It's damned lucky that Chevron hasn't had any problems caused by the Stuxnet virus that infected them in 2010. The fact that they seem so certain makes me pretty sure they discovered the virus after they had some problems with the Stuxnet virus.

This means there's no chance that the fire at their Richmond CA refinery last year was Stuxnet related. Or the much bigger fire this year either.

I just wish these corporate shills would sound a little less certain that NOTHING HAPPENED.

It would make me a lot less suspicious if they'd simply say, we found we had it, and we think we fixed it. Because, in reality, there's no way to ever know for sure that it's gone. It could still be hiding in a DVD on the dedicated porno computer in the janitorial offices.


Sat, 11/10/2012 - 17:19 | 2968434's picture

Ever watch Fringe? The plot is all new this season. The Observers who were peripheral characters in past episodes have now colonized Earth and the Fringe team along with a rag-tag resistance force is plotting their overthrown.

The Fringe opening sequence has always used an X Files motif in which various words appear on the screen but this season the words center around "Freedom," "Private Thought" and "Ownership." Great show, great season, great cliffhanger last night.


Here's that opening sequence:

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 17:27 | 2968458 live free
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I have.. .not for awhile though... I get the same feeling when I watch that show too.  Just like its showing us the control state that they want and the constant war, fear, and paranoia.  As well as the whole observer and "old people" meme has been circled around for a long time in history.


I get quite a kick out of watching shows (we don't have cable just the online stuff) and looking at them witha different perspective of "what are they trying to show us"... even kids shows... you'd be amazed.


Sat, 11/10/2012 - 17:40 | 2968480's picture

I see it more as art imitating life. "They" may be playing with us, but "they" are the same ones who canceled Jericho which was very popular with a certain crowd. Apparently it hit too close to home.


No cable here either. Just rabbit ears.



Sun, 11/11/2012 - 02:12 | 2969280 Sokhmate
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I disagree. it is life imitating art; antimimesis. it is also "tv programming" think about the term.

no cable. no dish. no rabbit ears. no actual tv 'device'

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 12:17 | 2969938's picture

Life can imitate art on occasion but most often it is art that imitates life. Life is organic and real. It has substance. Art is merely a reflection of life, a ghost.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 17:56 | 2968531 A Lunatic
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No doubt the grid will be affected by something the sheeple believe to be a cyber virus from whichever nation of brown people we want to imprison next. Why we keep playing into their hands I have not a fucking clue.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:26 | 2968312 Whoa Dammit
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OT: Hurricane Sandy victims may be housed at former prison. This is how it begins...

"They want them to go from no house to the Big House."


Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:37 | 2968343 Matt
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evidence that there is no plan at all. You don't need to fear FEMA; they can't even use existing infrastructure for people after a disaster until weeks later. This indicates that mass camps to intern millions of people almost certainly do not exist, and even if they did, the government lacks the competency to operate them. 

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:40 | 2968353 Whoa Dammit
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Be sure to remind me of that when I see you at the plebe roundup.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:50 | 2968374 seek
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Wrong on the first part -- they exist -- but right on the second part, I don't think they have the competency to run them. The problem is, they think they do, which means they operate accordingly.They may very well start a fight they can't finish using their original plan, which means they switch to winging it, and that's when you'll get crazy shit like them handing TSA agents M4s with no training due to the self-inflicted "crisis."

Underground bunkers in the middle of nowhere look better all the time.


Sun, 11/11/2012 - 00:08 | 2969165 Dr. Sandi
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The TSA will gather into a big circle around their targets and start shooting.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 17:13 | 2968426 Tango in the Blight
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Warn me when they start locking up opponents in a sports stadium like in Chile.

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 00:10 | 2969166 Dr. Sandi
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That's just a Seahawks game. There are no winners.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:50 | 2968333 Tango in the Blight
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The Two Ronnies - The Worm That Turned

The date line is 2012. England is in the grip of a new regime of terror. Traditionally a land of brave heroes and great statesmen, Britain now laboured under the yoke of a power guaranteed to strike fear into the hearts of all men... The country is being run by women...

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 17:48 | 2968516 machineh
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Hillary Clitler 2016 -- leading in the polls already.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:36 | 2968342 debtor of last ...
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Would be fun when the PPT gets 'infected' on some black friday.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:39 | 2968347 Being Free
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first President George W. Bush, then Barack Obama, oversaw the deployment of the worm

R = D

Got it!

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:45 | 2968362 ItsDanger
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Guys, when it comes to programming, Iran is 100% outgunned by other countries.  Some of the worst programmers come from the Middle East.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:52 | 2968380 DeadFred
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The Chinese seem to be on their side.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 17:53 | 2968526 ItsDanger
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Keep in mind 99% of the best programmers here arent involved in virus development against another country.  Pay them enough and the rest are screwed.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 22:31 | 2969049 saints51
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nah, The US is not the best in programmers. They may be equal to other countries but not the best.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:51 | 2968365 Zero Govt
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"I think the downside of what they did is going to be far worse than what they actually accomplished."

Oh crap, not another Govt program

Oh crap, not another Govt

Oh crap, our Govt

Oh crap, every Govt


...this crap doesn't get any better guys. Bin It.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 16:53 | 2968385 BattlegroundEur...
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Karma.  Bitchez!

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 17:08 | 2968412 Piranhanoia
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Another wonderful invention brought to you by Microsoft.

MS invent?    what a joke.  

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 17:18 | 2968438 Uncle Remus
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This whole affair is pretty damned funny. It's like watching dumbasses piss into the wind.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 20:40 | 2968465 Zero Govt
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the Govt of Isreal isn't exactly in the Einstein bracket of problem solving

80 years of miserable failure in Palestine to be even half-decent neighbours and get-along and they can't even get out of the starting blocks

this is another starting-gun accident shot in the foot for their Foreign Office calamity clown team, someone really ought to sack these self-harming nutters and get a new team to do a proper job

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 17:36 | 2968483 New_Meat
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How stupid is Chevron using Ziemenz gear.  They ought to get some real systems like HON, then snet just bounces off.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 17:41 | 2968494 Tinky
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When asked to comment, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia reportedly said:

"Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy – oops! – I meant corporation."

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 17:45 | 2968509 booboo
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Is this why my zip lock sandwich bags stopped working last week?
"God damn you dirty monkeys, you blew it up!!!"
Maybe next time they will set the safety on the fucking torpedo's

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 18:26 | 2968600 VelvetHog
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On the torpedo's what?  The suspense is killing everyone!

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 18:17 | 2968580 Atomizer
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You bad, bad peasants. You didn’t buy our electric cars, Fuck You. We told you, no more Nuclear energy plants! We told you, if we go to war with Iran, 200+/bl prices.


All of you peeps ignored me on TV. I’m a billionaire who keeps you safe from other energy alternatives. My assclown entertainer on CNBC keeps telling you to buy NAT contracts. You leave me with no other options, I must sabotage all oil companies to herd you into my natural gas stash. Don’t make me take down all of you {except me}  oil fucks.  Natural gas is the motherfucking future for everyone. Stop screwing with me proles, my age is catching up. We hope to see full transformation within my investment vision.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 18:27 | 2968605 flaunt
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Sat, 11/10/2012 - 18:28 | 2968607 VelvetHog
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I think a few hundred billion in tax payers' dollars should be offered up help Chevron out.  Those poor guys........

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 19:22 | 2968722 ziggy59
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Sorry for the doublemint gum experience

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 19:20 | 2968723 ziggy59
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What if it doesnt or didnt just infect the oil cos? It was created to infect the nuclear enrichment facilities... So g-d forbid it infects our nuclear power plants, if it hasnt already established there.
The arrogance that a destructive computer virus could be contained to a small country

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 19:21 | 2968724 buzzsaw99
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All I can say is HA HA!

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 19:42 | 2968767 Sutton
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Shocked  when a virus goes viral.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 19:54 | 2968781 ArrestBobRubin
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Almost no one here has questioned whether Stuxnet was actually American made? Why does America take this hit?

There's plenty to suggest it was created in Israel. How pathetic so many can be lead so easily without questioning what they're being told, or if they're being played. Again. Especially pathetic in light of how many times we've been lied to and then learned that was the case. Think it's different here?

The coffee folks.... smell it.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 21:42 | 2968975 knukles
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Obie already said it was ours, publicly.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 22:34 | 2969055 saints51
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One of the other guys already posted a link where Obama took credit. Here it is;



Sat, 11/10/2012 - 22:35 | 2969057 JR
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Israel: Stuxnet Is Our Baby – Obama Disclosed It For Reelection Campaign

Posted by Jim Hoft on June 10, 2012| Gateway Pundit

Israeli Mossad agents told Haaretz that Stuxnet was developed by Mossad and not the Bush Administration. The agents also claim the Obama Administration disclosed the program to help Barack Obama’s reelection campaign.
Israel Matzav reported:

A group of Mossad agents speaking with Haaretz’s Yossi Melman on condition of anonymity have said that the Mossad – and not the Bush administration – developed Stuxnet, and that President Obama is now trying to take credit for it in a bid to help his reelection campaign (Hat Tip: MFS – The Other News via Atlantic Wire). Please recall the David Sanger piece in the New York Times about Stuxnet, which I blogged last week, which claimed that the Bush administration had begun developing Stuxnet, that President Obama had ordered it accelerated, and that Israel had only joined in later. Now, look at what Melman has to say about it.

The Israeli officials actually told me a different version. They said that it was Israeli intelligence that began, a few years earlier, a cyberspace campaign to damage and slow down Iran’s nuclear intentions. And only later they managed to convince the USA to consider a joint operation — which, at the time, was unheard of. Even friendly nations are hesitant to share their technological and intelligence resources against a common enemy.

More… John McCain told CNN today the Obama Administration is behind the security leaks

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 19:55 | 2968783 SIOP
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I dont understand, it is well known the Stuxnet virus "infected" thousands upon thousands of computers world wide. That's the beauty of the virus, spread itself far and wide but only become active in certain very specific computer environments. It was a very specialized virus. So yea, I would assume Chevron was "infested", but I would also assume where I work was as well.

Affected Countries

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 20:06 | 2968795 robobbob
Sat, 11/10/2012 - 21:41 | 2968972 knukles
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Yup... already accepted responsibility.
Another fine fucking mess you got us into Barry

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 20:23 | 2968815 glenlloyd
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Now let's see....they attack us because we're free and prosperous...yeah right.

"downside" in this case means damage to your own people and probable blow-back from the ones you went after to begin with.

I'll even suggest that they were probably hoping for a retaliatory cyber event so that they could clamp down on dangerous free speech. They probably had that in mind when they were dreaming up the stuxnet virus idea.

Don't let a crisis go to waste...

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 20:30 | 2968829 Magnum
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All Americans would have a much higher standard of living if we were friendly with oil-rich Iran. Instead we're stuck with money-grubbing aipac/israel as our "best friend" zzzzzzzz.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 20:40 | 2968855 akak
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But, but, but ... (sputter sputter) ... (righteous if ignorant indignation) .... they're terrorists!"

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 21:37 | 2968963 Lost Wages
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Stuxnet will become the new normal.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 22:24 | 2969043 Archon7
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What makes anyone think this was an accident?

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 22:33 | 2969051 Atomizer
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Siemens software targeted by Stuxnet still full of holes 

Software made by Siemens and targeted by the Stuxnet malware is still full of other dangerous vulnerabilities, according to Russian researchers whose presentation at the Defcon security conference earlier this year was cancelled following a request from the company.

Sergey Gordeychik, CTO of Moscow-based Positive Technologies, was scheduled to give a presentation in July at Defcon, but it was abruptly pulled after Siemens asked for more time to patch its WinCC software. WinCC is a type of SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) system, which is used to manage a variety of industrial processes in factories and energy utilities. The type of software underpins much of what's deemed critical infrastructure by countries and has in recent years received closer examination by computer security experts. Iran used WinCC to control centrifuges for refining uranium. Weaknesses in the software -- combined with vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Windows OS -- allowed the malicious software called Stuxnet to disrupt the centrifuges, an act of sabotage linked to the U.S. and Israel.


autorun.inf file | autorun.inf file | autorun.inf file | autorun.inf file | autorun.inf file | autorun.inf file | autorun.inf file | autorun.inf file

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 22:58 | 2969086 mvsjcl
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"Just last month, a shadowy Iranian-based hacking group called The Qassam Cyber Fighters took credit for launching a cyberattack on the servers of Capital One Financial Corp. and BB&T Corp., two of the biggest names in the American banking industry."


I'm not quite clear on this. Who exactly is this statement actually attributed to? Feinstein, quoted one paragraph above? Or Kurtz, one paragraph below? That's not quite clear, but I guess it's meant as a statement of fact. Then I hit the link provided in the paragraph to get deeper information, and I find that this is some shadowy group that's responding to the anti-Islamic “Innocence of Muslims” movie!


Oh yeah. The same movie that was instrumental killing Ambassador Stevens.


Man, I'm glad that's all cleared up.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 23:10 | 2969100 Atomizer
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I'm not quite clear on this.

Your comment speaks in volumes

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 23:20 | 2969101 mvsjcl
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Could you elaborate? I mean, I'm trying to find the volumes that you refer to, but I see instead a simple declarative statement.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 23:20 | 2969113 Atomizer
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Sure, but I'm not quite clear on this. My recollection of the same movie is that Ambassador Ai Bang Mai Ni gets killed.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 23:23 | 2969116 mvsjcl
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Sat, 11/10/2012 - 23:38 | 2969129 Atomizer
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Hope you know I'm just fucking with you. Continue to seek knowledge on ZeroHedge. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Knowledge is power.


Sat, 11/10/2012 - 23:48 | 2969138 mvsjcl
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I often listen to the artichoke. It tells me that the broccoli can't be trusted. Perhaps the strawberry knows the way to Waukegan, Illinois?

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 00:25 | 2969185 Atomizer
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Seems we come within the same cryptic school of mind fuck. No hard feeling hopefully. N' T simply busted your cherry and you exclaimed special lame politically correct treatment here, you can easily fuck off and suck my immortal soul.


There’s your test. Tag your it!

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 00:40 | 2969198 mvsjcl
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Calling JP Morgan. You're needed for another immortal soul sucking.

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 00:48 | 2969207 Atomizer
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Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz – Yawn


Rabbits must of triggered a national security alert. Take care of your garden. Get back with you.

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 02:12 | 2969278 OldPhart
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Sun, 11/11/2012 - 00:00 | 2969154 Bansters-in-my-...
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Fuck off Feinstein...bitch.

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 00:54 | 2969215 mvsjcl
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Good night, and good luck.

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 02:12 | 2969281 OldPhart
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"The Qassam Cyber Fighters took credit for launching a cyberattack on the servers of Capital One Financial Corp. and BB&T Corp."

Can we add a 'donate' button here and tie specific targets such as JPM, Citi, et al?

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 03:24 | 2969315 GreatUncle
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The problem when you attempt to use something like this it is only a matter of time and the clocks ticking now when it will then used against you.

The Hittites, credited with the first iron weapons were eventually wiped out by their enemies you just know were now going to have to develop the same thing and all part of the human arms race. The exact same position that Iran now holds on nuclear weapons. All just a matter of time and I bet Oppenheimer never thought in his wildest dreams that Iran would be attempting to emulate his clever achievement.

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 05:10 | 2969359 smacker
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How long before the US banking system computer records are mysteriously wiped out by Stuxnet or some other evil worm virus which also engulfs their back-ups and which gets blamed on Iran & Co? Thereby providing justification for bombing attacks whilst conveniently solving the banks' small current problem of insolvency. How long will it take customers to prove how much they had deposited in a bank to get their money back. And what about IT records for all those $trillions of derivatives...

So many questions.....Is the Big Reset on its way?

The UK banking system has already suffered several very mysterious glitches over the last 6-12 months (RBS/NWB/HSBC etc) which caused excruciating inconvenience to huge numbers of customers.

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 20:22 | 3007713 Dr. Sandi
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Stuxnet ate my homework.

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 10:09 | 2969655 ThisIsBob
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Karma,  bitchez.

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 11:07 | 2969781 EverythingsSuper
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When you dig a hole for someone to fall into, you WILL fall into it yourself!!

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