I have no idea what’s going on here, but I like it. Turf Wars XII – The Cyberwar
I was reading this great Stuxnet cyberwar story when I read the line “It was a messy and imprecise method of attack — a little like infecting one of Osama bin Laden’s wives with a rare virus, hoping she’d pass it to the Al Qaeda leader.” Why, it’s funny you should mention that. That’s sorta what the CIA tried to do.
The CIA organised a fake vaccination programme in the town where it believed Osama bin Laden was hiding in an elaborate attempt to obtain DNA from the fugitive al-Qaida leader’s family
And both would have been science fiction ten years ago. A government sponsored virus, passed USB to USB, that knocks out a nuclear facility? Madness. Tracking an international terrorist via DNA? Even more absurd. But true.
The Bin Laden story is just a news report, but the Wired story on Stuxnet is an amazing long read.