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.