I’ve been surprised, in three of four conversations this week, to learn how little visibility the Stuxnet Worm must be getting in the mainstream media in this country. Miss Black Colorado and Dexter Season 5 are in the top 20 Hot Search Trends on Google. Stuxnet did not make the cut.
Even an IT programmer I spoke to Saturday had not heard about it. And now I read that this no-news trivialization is as it is intended, perhaps, to be. The US is treating cavalierly an issue that, for the rest of the world, is seen as a “game changer” with regard to future global-scale espionage, sabotage, international extortion, and cyber-warfare.
My money is on the US in collaboration with Israel, and with tacit knowledge of the EU and most other players who have been increasingly anxious about the impending generation of bomb-grade nuclear material by Iran. Stuxnet seems to have at least delayed (if not done more serious damage to) the Bushehr power plant.
The implications of this new digital weapon are huge, so I don’t understand how this is not the story of the year. Other nations are describing it as a “wake-up call.” The US–even Homeland Freaking Security–is still pretending to sleep. Wonder why that is?