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President Obama Ordered Cyberattacks Against Iran

June 1, 2012

The New York Times is reporting today that:

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. Computer security experts who began studying the worm, which had been developed by the United States and Israel, gave it a name:Stuxnet.

 

You can read the full story here and view a multimedia graphic showing how the cyberwar program worked here.

You can read two early analyses of this issue here and here.

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