“War stories”? Sounds a bit dramatic, but the life of a Pen Tester is spent on the frontline of an ongoing conflict between individuals and organisations, and an army of hackers seeking to scam or undermine them. And just as in any war, the ‘intelligence’ services play a huge role in protecting good people from bad outcomes; work that takes place mainly in the shadows.
Stuxnet was about geopolitics. Colonial was about money (and perhaps geopolitics too). What links the two attacks – which occurred more than a decade apart – is that Industrial Control Systems (ICS) were affected by the attacks. One directly, the other indirectly.