Weapons of Mass Disruption

In September of 2010, the world changed.

That was when it was discovered that a computer worm had burrowed its way into the control systems of uranium enrichment centrifuges in Iran... and caused them to self-destruct. Gone are the days when computer viruses could only make spam or cause problems in some nebulous world called cyber space. Tomorrow’s malware threats will be capable of destruction in the real world. Crime, sabotage, and even warfare between nations will never be the same.

The world’s top cyber forensic analysts show how the Stuxnet worm hunts for its target like a guided missile, evading defenses and extinguishing its prey with surgical precision. They warn us of the vulnerability of industrial software systems that control the critical infrastructure of the world’s nations: water and sewage utilities, transportation and communications networks, food and drug manufacturers, and—perhaps most critically—power grids. What would happen to a society that loses electricity, communications or clean water for weeks, or even months?

Weapons of Mass Disruption crisscrosses the world to trace the advent of the first cyber weapon—Stuxnet—and the serious implications it has for the security of us all.