A Virus with a Hijab

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Foxnews had a background story on the infamous Stuxnet virus, which supposedly has disrupted the centrifugal activities taken place to enrich Uranium at two of Iran”™s nuclear facilities.  How it did it reads like a spy novel to put James Bond to shame.

Many see Stuxnet as a new frontier to suppress illegal and dangerous activities by rogue countries. No soldiers, no funding, and no Reids to claim that the US lost in Iraq. And if Iran, with all its achievements, has been such an easy target on a program with such secrecy, no one is safe in the region.

It would not surprise me if Stuxnet has already been cloned in a variety of ways and forms to target other illegally-obtained infrastructures.

There are many ways one can think of to use Stuxnet, or one of its derivatives, to send the signals one needs to regimes such as Syria. History has proven that Assad would be an easy target. The nuclear reactor bombed in 2007 by Israel was discovered, along with pictures of the head of the N. Korean nuclear program, on a laptop left in a hotel room by one of Syria”™s nuclear scientists.

Here are few areas the virus can be helpful to all those fighting against the violence of the Assad regime:

  • Syria is notoriously known to monitor the Internet traffic using software developed by a Canadian company called Platinum (Syrian Agent), which provides the regime with the capabilities to pin-point IP addresses and deep packet forensics of those who use their computers to express freely in an oppressive society. Many Bloggers remain in jail in Syria today because of that technology. We suggest the Asstuxnet to mask the traffic while providing no clue to the virus existence. Syrians would be free to write and publish while the regime thinks it is safe.
  • Assad has been stockpiling missiles in the hundreds, if not in the thousands, with the purpose of launching them against Israel. I do not know if these missiles are controlled individually, but should there be a command and control center to operate them, a Misstuxnet virus would simply render them all obsolete at the very moment they are fired. Given the regime”™s paranoia, it would not surprise me if Assad has already ordered full inspection of all Syrian sensitive facilities. Even if Asstuxnet and Misstuxnet do not exist yet, it”™s time to spin Assad”™s head a bit.
  • Since Assad is Iran”™s Arab agent in the region, he ships arms to Hezbollah via the military routes into Lebanon. Hezbollah”™s weapons are getting to be quite sophisticated, which provides for ample possibilities to render their mobile and stationary missiles obsolete as in Syria. But since Hezbollah is a militia operating within a legitimate state, its communications system relies on some state infrastructures. Commtuxnet can disrupt only their system when necessary thus paralyzing the organization at the very moment it deploys its weapons to harm Lebanon or Israel. It is no longer sufficient to eavesdrop on the enemy”™s conversations; we also need to disrupt them via an army of sophisticated viruses and without firing one shot.

One last thought. While the West mask weapons like Stuxnet, the Arabs are still masking their women.


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