The New York Times believes it has the full story on Stuxnet – the malware that targeted Iranian nuclear reactors last year. In a recent series of articles based on 18 months of investigative journalism, the Times reports that as suspected, Stuxnet is the product of U.S. and Israeli security agencies who developed it as a cyberweapon to sabotage Iran’s uranium-enrichment facilities. The Times reported that Stuxnet was part of a larger effort code-named Olympic Games that began under the Bush administration and was sustained and accelerated under President Obama. Anonymous sources who participated in Olympic Games say that they developed several sophisticated cyberweapons intended to gather intelligence and infiltrate Iranian nuclear facilities. One of these malware weapons accidentally leaked out of an Iranian nuclear facility network and was discovered by the public, and dubbed Stuxnet by computer security experts.
It is believed that at least three extremely sophisticated cyberweapon worms have been developed as part of Olympic Games. They include Stuxnet, Duqu, and perhaps a newly discovered worm dubbed Flame, which has been described as super-cyber spying malware recently found infecting PCs in Iran and other Middle Eastern countries. The US government has so far not responded to the New York Times story. Analysts predict an escalation in cyber attacks against U.S. firms in retaliation for the actions reported by the New York Times. Read the articles yourself using the links in the show notes.
- Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran [NYTimes]
- Report: Obama ordered Stuxnet attacks on Iran [Computerworld]
- Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran [New York Times]
- Development timeline key to linking Stuxnet, Flame malware [Computerworld]
- Government role in Stuxnet could increase attacks against U.S. firms [Computerworld]
Cybersecurity researchers have found common code between the Stuxnet Virus and the new Flame Virus indicating that the two probably share a common author. According to a recent NYTimes article that author or development team is on the payroll of the US government.
Cybersleuths Find Link Between Flame, Stuxnet Virus [NewsFactor]