The NY Times has an in-depth report on Stuxnet. Both President Bush and President Obama were involved in the program which may be viewed as the beginning of a new era in warfare.
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.
“This is the end of plausible deniability on Stuxnet,” said Chris Bronk, a former State Department official, who is now a research fellow at Rice University. “Cyber is a dangerous place to play. This makes me very nervous that we don’t understand the entire set of consequences of releasing malware into the wild.”
Mikko Hypponen, the chief researcher at F-Secure, a Helsinki-based security research group, added that the United States “has the most to lose out of attacks like these,” because countries with advanced capabilities, including Russia, China, and possibly even Iran itself, will certainly be interested in developing similar cyber weapons.
“I think it’s pretty clear that the United States government did the Stuxnet attack,” said Richard Clarke in a Smithsonian interview.
In a TED Talk recorded in February 2011, a security expert stated that, “The leading force behind Stuxnet is the cyber superpower – there is only one; and that’s the United States.”
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