First, the worm enters the system as a Trojan horse through the backdoor created earlier by its "parentworm". There can be numerous spin-offs creating a vast network of vulnerabilities because, rather than destroying the infected system, the worm secretly penetrates it, collecting data as it goes, sending the info back to its creator, and then self-destructing.
So what are the intentions of these hack-attacks? Potentially, anything. That's right, folks, the sky's the limit. Let your imagination run wild. According to Michael Sconzo, a senior security officer at World Wide, the new virus is "an intelligence operation and is a likely precursor to an attack."
To give you an example of what is possible, let's consider what happened back in 2010. The original Stuxnet virus (widely believed to be the culmination of a one-time espionage effort between the U.S. and Israel), penetrated Iran's secure, highly-protected security system and managed to disrupt and setback their nuclear program by several years. One thousand centrifuges were destroyed. But that was only the beginning. Since that time, computer hackers have come a long way, baby. Government officials fear "hacktivists" have been working overtime creating weaponized viruses to turn computers into lethal weapons with devastating destructive power; the hydrogen bomb of cyberwar, featuring the ability to compromise or bring down critical infrastructure such as;
- the electric grid
- nuclear power plants
- chemical plants
- oil refineries
- water treatment systems
- national defense facilities
Well, the hits just keep on coming, but remember what Philippians 4:6 says: "Don't worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His Peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
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