|Officials from the US and Israel confirm that the ‘Stuxnet’ computer virus used in cyber attacks against Iran’s nuclear program was created by the US and Israel. The US also has ambushed computers in other countries but denies involvement in the latest virus called ‘Flame’.[Virus attacks by one government against the infrastructure of another government are acts of war and can be expected to trigger counterattacks. The US probably is the most vulnerable of any nation to cyber warfare because of its almost total dependence on computer technology.
NY Times 2012 Jun 1 (Cached)
Barack Obama ‘ordered Stuxnet cyber attack on Iran’
citing senior Washington sources. The computer virus, aimed at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, was designed to damage centrifuges by making covert adjustments to the machines controlling them. It formed part of a “wave” of digital attacks on Iran codenamed “Olympic Games” and was created with the assistance of a secret Israeli intelligence unit, The New York Times said in a report based on a book chronicling secret wars under the Obama administration. The report confirms the suspicions of computer security experts who detected and forensically examined Stuxnet in 2010.
01 Jun 2012 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 regime and code-named Olympic Games – even after an element of the program accidentally became public in the summer of 2010 because of a programming error that allowed it to escape Iran’s Natanz plant and sent it around the world on the Internet… “Should we shut this thing down?” Mr. Obama asked, according to members of the president’s national security team who were in the room. …Mr. Obama decided that the cyberattacks should proceed. In the following weeks, the Natanz plant was hit by a newer version of the computer worm, and then another after that. [Remember, though… turnabout is fair play.]