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Saturday: October 2, 2010

A Clue Hidden in Plain Sight?

Filed under: — site admin @ 11:10 PM UTC

In all the discussion of the Stuxnet worm (here is one recent example) many have noted the bit of code ‘DEADF007′, though they can’t agree whether it means “Dead Fool” or “Dead F***in [Secret Agent] 007″ or something else to do with death or deadness or killers. No one I have read has noted that ‘Stux’ is an equally valid transliteration of the Greek name usually spelled ‘Styx’ in English, the Underworld river whose name means ‘Hate’ or ‘Hateful’ or something to do with hatred. That seems a very appropriate name for a destructive worm, and ‘-net’ is a plausible enough suffix, though not the most appropriate imaginable.

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  1. Normally for fool one would want F001.

    I read it as “deadfoot”. Though what that might mean, no idea.

    It would be interesting to see if Mr. Langer could go into more detail about this “last bit of code”, and why he thinks it’s a reference rather than just coincidental.

    Comment by Sigivald — Tuesday: October 19, 2010 @ 11:51 AM UTC

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