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The untold story of Notpetya, the most devastating cyberattack in history (wired.com)
54 points by JumpCrisscross 7 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 6 comments

Andy Greenberg is my favourite journalist covering tech/infosec. Another great longform piece by him.

Typical half truth. Ukraine government has kicked out 1C accounting software (de-facto industry standard in Ukraine and Russia at that time) and mandated it to be replaced with the half-baked M.E.Doc software. This opened the door for the NotPetya. Some unsupported claims about Russian military hacker are all over the article but it beats me why this journo doesn't mention this part that is public knowledge. Maybe because it gives a completely different context for the attack.

"The Most Devastating Cyberattack in History"

Hmmm. Poor wording.

"The most financially devastating computer virus in history" sounds better.

Which cyberattacks would you say were more devastating?

Stuxnet by 1000x. Stuxnet basically averted WW3.

Did it though?

Although Stuxnet appears to be designed to destroy centrifuges at the Natanz facility, destruction was by no means total. Moreover, Stuxnet did not lower the production of low-enriched uranium (LEU) during 2010. LEU quantities could have certainly been greater, and Stuxnet could be an important part of the reason why they did not increase significantly. Nonetheless, there remain important questions about why Stuxnet destroyed only 1,000 centrifuges. One observation is that it may be harder to destroy centrifuges by use of cyber attacks than often believed.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuxnet#Natanz_nuclear_facilit...

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