Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran: The New York Times is running an except from a new book which claims Stuxnet was an American/Israeli plot. Color me completely unshocked, because as soon as researchers indicated that it could only have come from a nation-state, the U.S. and Israel were really the only choices for it.
Apparently, the virus was never supposed to have left Natanz, but it escaped into the wild, where it was detected.
At a tense meeting in the White House Situation Room within days of the worm’s “escape,” Mr. Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and the director of the Central Intelligence Agency at the time, Leon E. Panetta, considered whether America’s most ambitious attempt to slow the progress of Iran’s nuclear efforts had been fatally compromised.
“Should we shut this thing down?” Mr. Obama asked, according to members of the president’s national security team who were in the room.
The only reason this thing was detected is because it got out of Natanz where a security researcher discovered it. If it had stayed inside the walls of Natanz, it might still be ruining Iran’s nuclear program today.