Saturday, June 2, 2012


I wonder what the response would be if Iran unleashed this on America:
WASHINGTON — 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.
Stuxnet was an impressive weapon and quite destructive:
The first attacks were small, and when the centrifuges began spinning out of control in 2008, the Iranians were mystified about the cause, according to intercepts that the United States later picked up. “The thinking was that the Iranians would blame bad parts, or bad engineering, or just incompetence,” one of the architects of the early attack said.

The Iranians were confused partly because no two attacks were exactly alike. Moreover, the code would lurk inside the plant for weeks, recording normal operations; when it attacked, it sent signals to the Natanz control room indicating that everything downstairs was operating normally. “This may have been the most brilliant part of the code,” one American official said.

Later, word circulated through the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Vienna-based nuclear watchdog, that the Iranians had grown so distrustful of their own instruments that they had assigned people to sit in the plant and radio back what they saw.

“The intent was that the failures should make them feel they were stupid, which is what happened,” the participant in the attacks said. When a few centrifuges failed, the Iranians would close down whole “stands” that linked 164 machines, looking for signs of sabotage in all of them. “They overreacted,” one official said. “We soon discovered they fired people.”


zombie rotten mcdonald said...

It is, apparently, a hard habit to break.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

What is it good for?

J— said...

code-named Olympic Games

Because the US government programmers wrote code naked, just like the first Olympic athletes.

mikey said...

...the US government programmers wrote code naked...

Doesn't everybody?

Another Kiwi said...

Silly Mr McG. if the Iranians did it that would be BAD because, freedom. When the Americans do it is good because, freedom.
It is the most magical word in the whole world and especially when used by Americans

M. Bouffant said...

Nagunna be arsed, but quite recently there was a statement/finding/something to the effect of the US saying that a "cyberattack" could justify like, you know, bombs & stuff.

Waiting for the first assault on the Adobe Corp., as they seem to be doing the most to screw up my Internet.

Brando said...

So basically it was like what happened to the Diablo servers during launch.