Cyber Security Geography Philosophy Writing

Durham Moving Together Postgraduate Conference

I will be presenting at the Durham conference on May 4 2016 with the paper:

W32.Stuxnet: An Olympic Games.

Sprinting, jumping, throwing, shooting, running, leaping.


Siemens Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)? Seimens SIMATIC Step 7 Industrial Control Software? Yes… Next Step.


Welcome to the most wonderful of Olympic Games. A brilliant new, sophisticated cyber weapon has been created. A game against Iran, against its nuclear enrichment programme in Natanz. Those who played we can only deduce; the USA and Israel. Stuxnet is the name attributed to this multifaceted, modular, updating malicious software(s?). It slithers, propagating between machines, checking, stealthily, hiding, the joker of the system. What a game, to travel with this more-than-human. Enter this cyberspatial ecology, driven by a tension of potentiality, beyond virtual, the real. Collaborations between malware artists and their offspring, malwares, generate peculiar, novel methods of movement. USB sticks, Seimens PLCs, network shares, command and control servers. It is simultaneously divided and yet constituted, materialised. Its mobility disguised, tricking, mimicking normal flows. Through its movement it becomes known. Static analyses neglect the agential vibrancy this malware exudes; it is through flows it is malicious – to us humans – ultimately it is (simply) software. Experience how Stuxnet interacts with complex geopolitical interactions of Iran and the USA / Israel, confused engineers at their screens, Windows operating systems, zero-day exploits and modular malware engineering. Let’s explore what our expert human friends tell us of malware, the conflicting narratives of their movement, one that disjoints dominant human action from the ecology within which cyber security develops. Join us on a geographical adventure to experience an ever-incomplete picture of our destructive (productive?) compatriot.

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