Amazing Stuxnet story

With apologies for quoting a Foxnews story, and with thanks to Scott Adams for the link, here’s a fascinating behind the scenes story of Stuxnet:

“The mission: Infiltrate the highly advanced, securely guarded enemy headquarters where scientists in the clutches of an evil master are secretly building a weapon that can destroy the world. Then render that weapon harmless and escape undetected.” (from Mystery Surrounds Cyber Missile That Crippled Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Ambitions)

and how well did it work?

““We brought it into our lab to study it and even with precautions it spread everywhere at incredible speed,” Byres said.” (from Mystery Surrounds Cyber Missile That Crippled Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Ambitions)

Read the whole thing, it’s fascinating! Mystery Surrounds Cyber Missile That Crippled Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Ambitions

Photoshopping missles

I recently saw a Nova episode about Hany Farid about so called “Digital Forensics”, that is how to detect and discover photos manipulated digitally. Here are some useful links if you are interested:

www.cs.dartmouth.edu/farid/research/

www.digitaljournalist.org/issue0802/digital-forensics-an-interview-with-dr-hany-farid.html

www.wired.com/gadgets/digitalcameras/news/2007/03/72883

Check out this photo which appeared in all the papers yesterday.

When I saw it, I didn’t think Photoshop, but I did wonder how we knew that this photo had actually been taken in Iran and recently.

It looked like any number of missile launch photos.

But check this out:

“As news spread across the world of Iran’s provocative missile tests, so did an image of four missiles heading skyward in unison. Unfortunately, it appeared to contain one too many missiles, a point that had not emerged before the photo appeared on the front pages of The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, The Chicago Tribune and several other newspapers as well as on BBC News, MSNBC, Yahoo! News, NYTimes.com and many other major news Web sites.” (from New York Times Blog)

Ouch. Egg on their face.