June 01, 2012, 11:01 AM —
Cyberattacks against Iran started by Bush, and Obama continued them enthusiastically. A programming error let malware escape and become known as Stuxnet.
When Stuxnet was discovered in the summer of 2010, the administration wondered if they should pull the plug. But the chance of slowing Iran's nuclear weapon development was too important, so the program continued (Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran). Reportedly, 1,000 of Iran's 5,000 centrifuges were damaged or destroyed by Stuxnet.
Given the code name of Olympic Games when development started in 2006, getting Stuxnet into secure Iranian nuclear plants involved USB thumb drives and the cooperation of Israel. A combination of spies and innocents introduced Stuxnet early on, but later versions gained entry in more sophisticated ways.
War has gone cyber
The US has been under cyber-attack for years: from nation states, nation-sponsored industrial espionage & sabotage, affiliated and unaffiliated hacktivists and hacktorists. The war is on, it's no secret.
David Schulz, CIPP on nytimes.com
Is there any way in which this cannot be considered an act of war? Because I cannot think of one.
Interactive Civilian on artstechnica.com
I'd argue that this was the opposite of an "act of war," as it was designed to prevent one.
LamboP on artstechnica.com
You just wonder how someone could just write a book about all this hacking activity... while it's still current....
HarryD on nytimes.com
Seem like the U.S. government can't seem to keep anything under wraps anymore.
Danny Lascano on nytimes.com
So why on Earth are all these officials speaking about this? Whether or not you think it was justified, what's the sense in saying, "yur, that was totally an act of cyberwar by us lol"?
AlexIsAlex on artstechnica.com
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