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Obama Behind Stuxnet Attacks? – OpEd

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By Andrei Smirnov

The computer virus aimed at Iran’s nuclear facilities was ordered by President Barack Obama to halt Iranian nukes, The New York Times writes.

Many experts are skeptical about these reports suspecting them to be a scheme to increase Obama’s rating before the presidential election.

The newspaper cites data by American, European and Israeli “troops” of a cyber war claiming that Obama had ordered the Stuxnet attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities giving US special servicemen access to secret data. The article was written after Russian IT geeks from Kaspersky Lab had found a new cyber threat –the Flame virus which doesn’t damage networks or software but hacks classified information. Experts say that it is active since 2010 and is launched from some government servers which are impossible to track. The virus is similar to Stuxnet. Israel’s Deputy Premier Moshe Yalon has recently told reporters that a number of countries think of Iran’s nukes as a threat and are technologically capable of creating such a virus. The media took it as a confession that Israel and the US were behind the attacks. Right on the next day, Israel’s government claimed that the Minister was misunderstood. Washington also denies any web attacks but this is typical of a routine political game, professor Evgeny Yushchuk, competitive intelligence expert, told the VoR (voice)

Secret ops are called secret not to be revealed. Leaks made by enemies can be explained but if a country’s citizens expose these secrets they must have a certain political aim, like raising Obama’s rating as a defender who keeps everything under control and will never allow bad things happen.

And there was quite a leak. Attackers were very frank with reporters and Israel added oil to the fire of Obama’s rating. Meanwhile, the cyber war is in full swing and mainly targets the Middle East. But local experts managed to stop Stuxnet and created a software disabling Flame. Iranian cyber troops have great potential, says the head of the Fund for Military Reforms Pavel Zolotarev(voice) ANNOUNCER: They have great IT whizz kids as, first of all, they are carrying on their uranium enrichment program and we can’t guarantee that it’s not weapons-grade. Iran also managed to land a US drone, thus, it could get into its control system. (end) ANNOUNCER: Many American experts were skeptical about the efficiency of cyber attacks against Tehran as the country’s nuclear program has progressed since Obama became president. The recent fuss is supposed to do Obama’s rating good. The only thing that could give him more points would be a small victorious war but it is improbable in the case of Iran.

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2 thoughts on “Obama Behind Stuxnet Attacks? – OpEd

  • June 2, 2012 at 3:00 am
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    Only four countries had the technical know-how to develop the Flame virus: “Israel, the U.S., China and Russia.”
    Since the virus was obviously intended for Iran, we can eliminate its friends China and Russia.
    This leaves only Israel and us.
    Having thoroughly demonized Iran, anything we do to it has become fair game.
    But there is nothing fair or right about taking another country’s data. Certainly we would not want China or Russia taking our data and spreading it to 80 separate servers.
    As a leader of the world community aspiring for governance through universal fairness, we can no longer afford to follow the beaten path of expediency chosen by Israel. Doing so will not only deprive us of our moral authority, but will also squander our unique opportunity to fashion a more just and fair world.

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  • June 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm
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    The local cops in Long Beach California could have copied the code.Children in England could have copied it.Obama would have never had a clue. Neither would have Bush.They do not know computer language or command their own English effectively.Bush was terrible in that area alone..and Obama introduced again the slang comedians used in Hollywood.
    The uS elected a group of idiots and will eventually always need use a gun.
    That’s too simple…all someone has to do now is hold the gun cheaply and presidents are famous for achieving that goal…using the Marine Corps.
    The only qualification an intel agents need, is how to cheat and get away with it.Then give it to Bush and Obama both as advisers.
    Sorry if the cops in Long Beach knew how too.
    Everyone have a wonderful weekend.

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