Computer Sciences Department
CS 542
Spring 2021
Barton Miller
Elisa Heymann
CS 542 - Readings 1.3: Thinking Like and Attacker


You will learn about one of the most sophisticated cyber-attacks of all time, Stuxnet, and later answer some questions.

Readings and Videos

  1. Watch the Stuxnet video (10 mins): TED talk by Ralph Langer (analyst of Stuxnet)
  2. Read one (or both) of these two articles:
    1. Wired magazine: Did a U.S. Government Lab Help Israel Develop Stuxnet?", January 17, 2011.
    2. More detailed Wired article: How Digital Detectives Deciphered Stuxnet, the Most Menacing Malware in History, July 11, 2011.
  3. Read this article: Foreign Policy magazine: Stuxnet's Secret Twin, November 19 2013
  4. (Optional) Ralph Langer's detailed analysis: To Kill a Centrifuge: A Technical Analysis of What Stuxnet's Creators Tried to Achieve

You can also find other complementary information on Stuxnet by yourself.

Last modified: Sun Jan 24 11:17:05 CST 2021