Officials confirm, Stuxnet was a US-Israel Creation

We have met the creator of Stuxnet, and the creator is us…

US, Israel and European officials confirm that Stuxnet was part of an ever increasing program of computer attacks against Iran to slow or stop it’s nuclear ambitions.

According to an article on the New York Times:

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 — 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.

Really no shocker here, most assumed that it was US and Israel backed. Now we know for sure. According to The Register, members of Israel’s ultra cool Unit 8200 and our cyber ninjas at the NSA worked together to create the cyberweapon Stuxnet.

The Times article hints that the cyber attacks were intended to slow down Iran’s progress on obtaining nuclear weapons and satiate Israel so they would not perform a physical strike, leading to an un-stabilized Middle East.

But what one has to ask, if they knew the attacks would only delay Iran from obtaining nukes, why do this at all? They seemed to be determined to obtain nuclear weapons. What would be gained by delaying them another year or so?

I am curious if this is why key members of Iran’s nuclear program are being and have been assassinated. Knowing that Stuxnet was only a temporary fix, someone (apparently Israel) is taking further steps to hamstring Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

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~ by D. Dieterle on June 1, 2012.

6 Responses to “Officials confirm, Stuxnet was a US-Israel Creation”

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  2. [...] program. It was created by the NSA and a little-known, but ultra-important, Israeli agency called Unit 8200. The worm has turned into a massive problem, since it has infected innumerable systems outside [...]

  3. Flame as well I’d guess.

    Hello my friend, hope all is well with you and yours. Been very busy here. Glad to see you’re still posting here. Bookmarked!

    • Philo!

      Hey what’s up bud?? Yeah, things are going very well with the blog. Been doing a lot of work with Hakin9 IT security magazine too which has been a lot of fun. :)

      Good to hear from you!

  4. Oustanding! Glad to hear thinga have picked up. I ended up going back into management. Not my first pick but I’m working so no complaints. Never did end up putting tha degree wo use, cept’ for helping relatives fix their pc’s. LoL

    • Man Philo, I hear you. Only a fraction of the IT guys I know are still in the field. Most have left to do other things.

      Gotta love family tech support! :)

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