Did Iran retaliate for Stuxnet?

By Deane Barker on October 24, 2012

In Cyberattack on Saudi Firm, U.S. Sees Iran Firing Back: The U.S. is leveling charges that Iran was behind a cyber-attack, supposedly in retaliation for Stuxnet.

The finger-pointing demonstrates the growing concern in the United States among government officials and private industry that other countries have the technology and skill to initiate attacks. “The Iranians were faster in developing an attack capability and bolder in using it than we had expected,” said James A. Lewis, a former diplomat and cybersecurity expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “Both sides are going through a dance to figure out how much they want to turn this into a fight.”

The hack was well-executed.

The virus erased data on three-quarters of Aramco’s corporate PCs — documents, spreadsheets, e-mails, files — replacing all of it with an image of a burning American flag.

I’m still a little confused about why Iran would false-flag a hack like that, though.  And why they would attack a Saudi company.