Stuxnet: Created by the U.S. and Israel


An article from the New York Times has confirmed the Stuxnet virus was made by the United States and Israel to break the hardware used in the Iranian centrifuge equipment.  The U.S. and Israel had hoped to set back Iranian progress on their nuclear capabilities and the U.S. wanted to hopefully prevent Israel from preemptively striking Iran.

The program which was authorized by former president George W. Bush was only supposed to operate inside of Iran’s Natanz facility.  It worked quite well, mapping out the network connections within Natanz and sending information back to the NSA.  Soon, labs all over the U.S. were working on bits and pieces of the code, not knowing the specific details.  They were trying to find the right set of commands to break into the centrifuges.. they succeeded.  How the malicious code was introduced into the facility is not known.

The program continued under President Obama.  But then in 2010, Stuxnet escaped from the facility, perhaps on a laptop, where it was free to spread…

“We think there was a modification done by the Israelis,” one of the briefers told the president, “and we don’t know if we were part of that activity.”

Mr. Obama, according to officials in the room, asked a series of questions, fearful that the code could do damage outside the plant. The answers came back in hedged terms. Mr. Biden fumed. “It’s got to be the Israelis,” he said. “They went too far.”

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/06/confirmed-us-israel-created-stuxnet-lost-control-of-it/?comments=1#comments-bar

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