While official U.S. response has been comparatively mild, the European Union's cybersecurity agency says Stuxnet represents a "paradigm shift" in critical infrastructure threats and that current defense philosophies need to be reconsidered.
In a statement released last week, Udo Helmbrecht, the executive director of ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency), said that as a "new class and dimension of malware," Stuxnet represents a "paradigm shift."
"The attackers have invested a substantial amount of time and money to build such a complex attack tool," he said. "The fact that perpetrators activated such an attack tool can be considered as the 'first strike,' i.e. one of the first organized, well prepared attacks against major industrial resources. This has tremendous effect on how to protect national" infrastructure in the future.
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