United States And Israel Confirmed As Behind Stuxnet Virus

imagesIt’s official — Barack Obama covertly made history by engaging in cyberwarfare against Iran. New York Times breaks the news:

From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America’s first sustained use of cyberweapons, according to participants in the program.

Mr. Obama decided to accelerate the attacks — begun in the Bush administration and code-named Olympic Games. Computer security experts who began studying the worm, which had been developed by the United States and Israel, gave it a name: Stuxnet.

This account of the American and Israeli effort to undermine the Iranian nuclear program is based on interviews over the past 18 months with current and former American, European and Israeli officials involved in the program, as well as a range of outside experts. None would allow their names to be used because the effort remains highly classified, and parts of it continue to this day.

Mr. Obama, according to participants in the many Situation Room meetings on Olympic Games, was acutely aware that with every attack he was pushing the United States into new territory, much as his predecessors had with the first use of atomic weapons in the 1940s, of intercontinental missiles in the 1950s and of drones in the past decade. He repeatedly expressed concerns that any American acknowledgment that it was using cyberweapons — even under the most careful and limited circumstances — could enable other countries, terrorists or hackers to justify their own attacks.

15 Comments on "United States And Israel Confirmed As Behind Stuxnet Virus"

  1. smokintokinjokinbrit | Jun 1, 2012 at 5:38 pm |

    and thus begins the new new era of warfare

    • Damabupuk | Jun 1, 2012 at 6:03 pm |

       Agreed, but a very democratic one, no?  This is the sort of warfare that anyone with knowledge and a high-speed connection can participate in.  Cyberwarfare will be interesting in that anyone can step into it, regardless of affiliation.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m against war in general, but this will be an interesting development to witness.

      • MoralDrift | Jun 2, 2012 at 4:05 am |

        except while you play with code if they catch you they will play with bullets

        • Nah, if they catch you they just co-opt you.

          The way they’ve turned some of the players in Anonymous is proof of that.

          • MoralDrift | Jun 2, 2012 at 8:56 am |

            yeah maybe I was a bit over-the-top, but I tend to guess towards extremes

          • Well, with these idiots that’s generally a safe bet.

            They sure have murdered quite a few Iranian scientists.

      • Smokintokinjokinbrit | Jun 3, 2012 at 10:43 am |

        everyone can step in it agreed, however like the wars of old, as the technology gets better, and the select few get their hands on more effective cyberweapons, it will endup being ak47 against a eurofighter. make the most of having any online freedom guys  

        • Interestingly, history shows that with technological innovation individuals became relatively more powerful against groups and that smaller groups became relatively more powerful against larger groups.

          Brute Strength and Numbers mean less and less as weapons technologies and strategic/tactical technologies have improved.

          It may be the result of my severe personality disorders, but I personally feel that the general trend toward more legal/cultural protections for individuals over the past couple of millennia is a result of the fact that individuals have more destructive power relative to the group.

          That is, if you fail to respect them properly, individuals can potentially wipe out  a whole mess of other people before you can stop them. Better to give them a little more leeway and reduce the risk of anti-authoritarian massacres.

          Cyberweapons don’t require the sort of manufacturing infrastructure that conventional weapons require. Further, they can be captured and turned against their creators just like conventional weapons.

          As to the AK-47 and the Eurofighter… AK-47s and Semtex kept “us” from our goals and made us change our minds about staying in Iraq and Afghanistan despite all of our guns and tanks and ships and helicopters and airplanes and … 

  2. Apathesis | Jun 1, 2012 at 6:59 pm |

    Enough with the dog and pony show.  Who’s all this foreplay really for?

    We are the equivalent of asshole kids poking a hornet’s nest, only to rain chemically-flavored death upon a hive acting in self-defense.

    • charlieprimero | Jun 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm |

       This is part of the set-up for multi-billion dollar contracts for military corporations like Microsoft and Lockheed to help fight the new cyber-terror menace.  Useless military hardware wasn’t profitable enough.

  3. This is unpatriotic nonsense.

    Next they’ll be telling us that Israel attacked the U.S.S. Liberty and that our government has run unethical medical experiments on innocent citizens.

    • charlieprimero | Jun 1, 2012 at 9:02 pm |

       Well said.  Anyone who doesn’t support spending trillions more to fight this is a traitor.

    • Anarchy Pony | Jun 2, 2012 at 2:06 am |

      And then they’ll say that the US engaged in imperialistic destabilization of third world democracies for the benefit of western corporate interests. 

  4. Stuxnet? How about Skrillex?

  5. Calypso_1 | Jun 2, 2012 at 12:26 am |

    I am wondering if this was a sanctioned use of Olymic Games© and if so did Stuxnet use Olympian derived DNA cryptography?

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