It seems the term “collateral damage” has become a household word these days, with almost daily news of military strikes in places like the Middle East that not only take out their intended targets, but also do some harm to unintended victims.

It’s almost a fact of life now that, to use the common euphemism, if one wants to make an omelet, one must break a few eggs. The latest example of this is Stuxnet, a powerful computer worm that is designed to derail industrial systems, targeting Windows PCs that oversee industrial-control systems at power plants, factories, pipelines and military installations.

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