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US was 'key player in cyber-attacks on Iran's nuclear programme' -
June 1, 2012
Sepi ⌘ سپی
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"The US was the principal player in the most sophisticated cyber-attack ever known and has been orchestrating a campaign against Iran designed to undermine the country's nuclear programme, it has been claimed. According to anonymous senior administration sources, quoted in the New York Times, President Barack Obama decided to speed up an initiative launched by his predecessor, George W Bush, codenamed Olympic Games, which aimed to use computer viruses to attack Tehran's uranium-enrichment programme. The disclosures about Obama's role in the cyberwar against Iran appear to show beyond doubt that the US, with the help of Israel, was behind the Stuxnet virus, which sent some of Iran's centrifuge machines spinning out of control. And it will raise questions about whether Washington was also behind the Flamer virus discovered by experts last week. This also targeted Iran, though its main aim was to spy on the country's oil industry. It is believed to have downloaded vast amounts of information over two years and had technical capabilities never seen before. The revelations about US involvement in cyberwar may be seized upon by China and Russia, which are regularly accused by Washington of cyber espionage and theft. The depiction of Obama's hands-on role in cyber attacks follows the highly political disclosure in an election year that the president had taken a personal role in approving terrorist targets for US drone strikes. The revelations on Iran appear designed to neutralise Republican accusations that he has been weak over the issue of Iran's nuclear programme. According to the New York Times, Obama took the decision to accelerate the pace of computer sabotage against Tehran in 2010, even after details about one of the cyber weapons developed to attack Iran, the Stuxnet worm, accidentally leaked on to the internet because of a programming error. It had been designed to target the country's Natanz plant. At a meeting in the White House situation room within days of...
I would take a targeted, deliberate, damaging cyber attack as Flame or Stuxnet to be an act of war and would respond accordingly. -
the iranis probably think the same way ;) -
and the States too on the subject of hostile cyber warfare -
“That’s a legal issue. In U.S. law, it’s a covert action when the president says it’s a covert action. I think if you’re on the receiving end of the covert action, it’s an act of war.” (
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