Anonymous Operations Comments on Stuxnet Rumors
I recently interviewed members of Anonymous Operations on their IRC channel for journalists. There were some interesting parts, particularly about them getting Stuxnet from emails they stole from HB Gary.
I’ve pasted the conversation about Stuxnet below, but for those without time to read it: Yes, they have Stuxnet, but only the binaries—not the source code as was rumored. They don’t seem to have any plans to use it since the vulnerabilities are now patched and it was meant to destroy only a specific type of system (nuclear centrifuges).
I’ll have an article online tomorrow with more from the interview, but for now, here’s the excerpt on Stuxnet:
Me: also, is it true you guys got your hands on Stuxnet from
Anon: just the binaries
Anon: but someone decomplied it
Me: any plans to use it?
Anon: Not sure how we could use a virus designed to destroy SCADA systems
Me: good point
Anon: crowdleaks.org decomplied it
Anon: see http://crowdleaks.org/hbgary-wanted-to-suppress-stuxnet-research/
Me: very interesting
Me: what were the parts of the emails that make you think HBGary was planning to use Stuxnet for its own purposes?
Anon: I didn’t say that 😛
Anon: I don’t think they did
Me: oh, wait – it was a claim by Crowdleaks
Anon: I think in this case, HBGary was pretty much acting like any other
Anon: but the media just magnified the scenario
Anon: to say that Anonymous has control over Stuxnet
Anon: which is just blown out of proportion
Me: what are some of the misconceptions?
Anon: ah stuxnet. indeed. narf.
Anon: that Anonymous has the source code of stuxnet
Anon: foxnews for instance grabbed that up: “OMG Anonymous has Stuxnet”
Anon: 1) binaries were out before, it wasn’t special
Anon: 2) vulnerabilities have been patched by now
Anon: 3) it’s basically… uninteresting.
Anon: but ofc for some media outlets that was apparently a big thing, simply because “stuxnet” was big in the news before.
Anon: the only difference now is that anyone can get a copy of the virus 😛