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The digital destruction: A case study of Stuxnet within the theory of new and old wars
Swedish Defence University.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to examine the extent to which Stuxnet can be characterized as a new war, if at all. The cyber-attack is studied within the theoretical framework of Mary Kaldor’s ‘New and Old Wars’, where the case has been analysed through the perspective of both conventional and modern wars. Stuxnet is the first cyber-attack that has managed to act in complete secrete during a long period of time and causing its target physical destruction, while hiding all the evidence that could lead to the malware. The significance with Stuxnet is not merely based on its sophisticated operation but rather to the selection of its target, which is the Iranian nuclear enrichment program. The cyber-attack has raised questions of vulnerability and lack of securitization that the world faces in these situations. Nonetheless, it is rather difficult to prepare and secure ourselves from such attacks, if we do not understand their nature.

After examining the aim, the actors involved and the method of Stuxnet, it becomes clear that that the cyber-attack contain features from both old and new wars.

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2017. , 40 p.
Keyword [en]
Stuxnet, cyber-attack, nuclear program, new wars, old wars
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Other Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-7033OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-7033DiVA: diva2:1141887
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Political Science with focus on crisis management and security
Educational program
Master's programme in Politics and War
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Available from: 2017-09-18 Created: 2017-09-17 Last updated: 2017-09-18Bibliographically approved

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