Every day we hear about new viruses, malware and trojans. It’s become an automated process to keep our computers safe by using one of the many protection softwares out there. Even though the malicious attacks from hackers cost millions (sometimes billions) of dollars each year, it’s somewhat of a simple process to keep ourselves safe from harm. However, there are still viruses that go undetected and that are not intended to destroy private property on a small scale. There are viruses out there that don’t care about credit cards, top secret documents or anything of that sort. These viruses have been undetected until just 9 months ago, and already people are starting to panic.
The first one found in the intricate systems of nuclear plants, traffic lights and other social structures has some rather insane instructions. The instructions are to stay dormant until there is a threat, and then to shut it down. It’s the first of its kind, and it is the first weapon created entirely by code. This motion infographic was created by Patrick Clair, and it is a compilation of the things people have said about the Stuxnet Virus as it is called.
The virus code is actually (frightening enough) available online for anyone to download and poke around in. Remember, this thing was found in a nuclear facility and is potentially really dangerous if used correctly. People have been dissecting this thing since it became clear that it was actually a virus and it became known to the public. It is by far the most dangerous and advanced computer virus ever created, and the origins of it are so far unclear; however, there are suspicions to where it might be from. Hold onto your hat because this is going to be a frightening ride. Right now I wonder if I should even disconnect all cords to my computer when I go to bed at night. Maybe I should even buy a power generator, disconnect from the Internet, and instead connect my computer to a network of 9 stationary computers just to get a feel of a small Internet. I mean, if that’s the only way to be safe then why not, right?