he suggestion that stuxnet puts forth: If you provide critical infrastructure or resources to a country and/or government you may want to consider yourself on the front lines if another country decides to launch an attack. stuxnet example iraq freedom russian pipeline russian georgian conflict isrealie attacks?
Two examples come immediately to mind. During Dessert Storm the air campaign targeted AA, scuds, command and control centers, as well as Iraqi infrastructure. From Wikipedia:
“using air power to systematically destroy or cripple Iraqi infrastructure and industry: electric power stations (92 percent of installed capacity destroyed), refineries (80 percent of production capacity), petrochemical complexes,telecommunications centers (including 135 telephone networks), bridges (more than 100), roads, highways, railroads, hundreds of locomotives and boxcars full of goods, radio and television broadcasting stations, cement plants, and factories producing aluminum, textiles, electric cables, and medical supplies.” (cited from wikipedia)
Add to the mix some subversion through intelligence: The CIA “leaked” hardware specs to the Soviets who then produced and deployed the equipment in a large Siberian pipeline. In 1982 the pipeline blew up based on preset conditions. (sourced fromfreerepublic)
Stuxnet is a signal that a publicly visible evolution has occurred and recognition that critical infrastructure can be remotely attacked either as a replacement or augmentation to a kinetic conflict. If you secure critical infrastructure, you may want to recognize that your assets could be high on list of targets of interest.