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Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran
NY Times ^ | 1 June 2012 | DAVID E. SANGER

Posted on 06/01/2012 10:46:13 AM PDT by Fractal Trader

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.

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.

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This account of the American and Israeli effort to undermine the Iranian nuclear program is based on interviews over the past 18 months with current and former American, European and Israeli officials involved in the program, as well as a range of outside experts. None would allow their names to be used because the effort remains highly classified, and parts of it continue to this day.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs
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This has always been suspected, but this is the first published acknowledgment.
1 posted on 06/01/2012 10:46:17 AM PDT by Fractal Trader
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To: Fractal Trader

Since Obama has no accomplishments to run on, I expect him to continue to endanger national security by revealing progress in classified programs that he inherited but did not initiate.This thug will do and say anything to get re-elected.


2 posted on 06/01/2012 10:49:50 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: Fractal Trader

WHY CAN’T THESE BOZOS KEEP SECRET INFORMATION SECRET???

Is our government working toward the full destruction of the US? You would certainly think so.

Read my tag!


3 posted on 06/01/2012 10:53:13 AM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: thethirddegree

He’s our guy, Battlefield Barack, Chicken Hawk-in-Chief.


4 posted on 06/01/2012 11:01:00 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: Fractal Trader

One sort of paradoxical thing thing about secret information is that the bad guys can claim anything they want to, secure in the knowledge that the good guys won’t reveal the truth, because the good guys actually care about national security more than personal ambition, even when that means letting a lie go unchallenged.


5 posted on 06/01/2012 11:02:03 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Fractal Trader

And how do we know that this is not part of the game?


6 posted on 06/01/2012 11:06:20 AM PDT by arthurus ( Read Henry hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson")
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To: All

they left out that he single-handedly wrote and transmitted the code while repelling down from the super secret stealth blackhawk, (which he designed and approved)to kill Bin Laden.


7 posted on 06/01/2012 11:42:03 AM PDT by newnhdad (Where will you be during the Election Riots of 2012/2013?)
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To: Fractal Trader

This is Tom Clancey novel Krap. Is Ol’Tom writing for the NYDit’s now? What sane, thinking person would suppose that screwing with the Persians’ computers would keep them from building a bomb? We did it without any kind of computer geek help and so can they. Their older engineer types were educated here and can figger it out.

Now I’m all for every possible effort to clusterflock the Persians-—they got it coming——but my personal preference is to use them to test our weapons in places where it would really count. The idea that slowing their program is beneficial is somehow desirable is pure bullstuff. The idea is to KILL their program and make them remember it.


8 posted on 06/01/2012 12:01:37 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: LucyT; Brown Deer; Seizethecarp

ping


9 posted on 06/01/2012 12:05:41 PM PDT by Fractal Trader
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To: cherokee1
What sane, thinking person would suppose that screwing with the Persians’ computers would keep them from building a bomb?

A sane, thinking person who has read about the effects of the Stuxnet worm on the centrifuge control firmware that Iran was running. There are several reports that, by tweaking the operating speeds of the centrifuges just a bit, the worm was able to disable almost half of them.

Fewer centrifuges working = less enriched uranium produced = longer to create enough to build a bomb.

10 posted on 06/01/2012 12:37:32 PM PDT by Bob
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To: Noob1999; ASA Vet; BIGLOOK; LonePalm

“WHY CAN’T THESE BOZOS KEEP SECRET INFORMATION SECRET???

Is our government working toward the full destruction of the US? You would certainly think so.”


11 posted on 06/01/2012 12:55:02 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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To: cherokee1

Nevertheless, even if it was just an excuse to let the NSA hacker brigade have at an enemy for the practice, it would have been worth it.


12 posted on 06/01/2012 12:58:35 PM PDT by ichabod1 (Cheney/Rumsfeld 2012)
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To: All
Øbama is a pussy and nothing will ever change that fact.

Hiding behind an elective office <spit> won't change it;
nor will cringing behind Moo's fat trailer-trash ass;
nor will cowering behind all the race pimps and NewKKKs in the world.

It's a symptom of a deep and abiding inner cowardice, of which every fiber of 'his' narcissistic psychosis is aware, every minute of every day.

13 posted on 06/01/2012 1:18:50 PM PDT by tomkat (:^)
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To: Fractal Trader; SeekAndFind; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ...

Thanks Fractal Trader, additional:

US officials leak claims of credit for Stuxnet in partnership with Israel
Hotair | 06/01/2012 | Ed Morrissey
Posted on 06/01/2012 11:48:11 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2890418/posts


14 posted on 06/01/2012 1:45:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Fractal Trader; All
I applaud the 'act,' not the person that gave permission for the CIA to go ahead with this.
No admiration for the egomaniac OZero the Mr. "Me, myself and I," that wants 4 more years.
15 posted on 06/01/2012 1:48:20 PM PDT by Milagros (Y)
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To: Fractal Trader; Berlin_Freeper; Hotlanta Mike; Silentgypsy; repubmom; HANG THE EXPENSE; Nepeta; ...

16 posted on 06/01/2012 2:02:53 PM PDT by Brown Deer (Pray for 0bama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: tomkat

The dangerous thing about pussies is when you back them far enough into a corner, they overreact.

You take some depressed, bullied kid who’s been pushed too far and he comes to school looking to kill every kid with a ‘white hat’ on. This actually happened at Columbine.

Obama, well and truly, is a pussy, but the problem is he’s never actually had to stand up for himself. There’s always been someone or something running interference.

What if he overreacts to a provocation made by guys like Putin, or Dinner Jacket?

It’s just a thought. You see it from pussies who are resolute that they will never be known as a pussy ever again. It’s the only thing I can ascribe the Osama kill nonsense, and the Obama the dronemaster meme too.

Dangerous stuff.


17 posted on 06/01/2012 2:10:14 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: Fractal Trader

SANS NewsBytes newsletter has info on this today.

http://www.sans.org/newsletters/newsbites/newsbites.php?vol=14&issue=44


18 posted on 06/01/2012 4:26:12 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: RinaseaofDs

Precisely.


19 posted on 06/01/2012 4:52:47 PM PDT by tomkat (:^)
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To: Milagros

I can’t help but wonder why this was divulged (if true, which I believe it is).

I have three guesses:

1-It’s to make him look tough, like a “warrior”, and boost his sagging popularity.

2-It is to invite retaliation, which would raise the distinct possibility of the internet “kill switch” to protect our networks.

3-He is just stupid.

I can’t decide; please help.


20 posted on 06/01/2012 5:29:27 PM PDT by kevslisababy
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To: thethirddegree

” - - - expect him to continue to endanger national security by revealing progress in classified programs - - - “

It is time ti IMPEACH Obama. He is revealing top secret projects, a clear violation of his responsibilities as Democrats’ Commander in Chief.


21 posted on 06/01/2012 7:48:16 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Fractal Trader

When did it become OK for the US to attack another country without he bullshit war powers act authorization?

This has me beyond angry.

This clown is goingbtonhave us all sitting around a campfire with our thumbs up our butts.

People will die because of his incompetence.


22 posted on 06/01/2012 8:20:25 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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To: Fractal Trader

Larry Klayman calls it treason:

“This leak is perhaps the worst in American history because it discloses, admittedly from anonymous sources inside the Obama administration, the specifics of our cyberwarfare against Iran’s nuclear facilities. By disclosing this classified information in excruciating detail, Obama and his traitorous comrades not only compromise our cyberwarfare capabilities, but also broadcast to Iran and the rest of the hostile world that the United States was the first use these weapons – potentially triggering retaliation against American and Israeli interests. Israel is revealed to have participated in the claimed cyber-attacks, and indeed the Obama administration conveniently blames the Jewish state for having inadvertently released the cyber-virus Stuxnet into the public domain for other nations and terrorist groups to use against us – constituting yet another sleazy “attack” by Obama on our only ally in the Middle East.”

http://www.wnd.com/2012/06/more-obama-treason/


23 posted on 06/02/2012 7:40:53 AM PDT by OK
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To: Fractal Trader
NYT: “It appears to be the first time the United States has repeatedly used cyberweapons to cripple another country’s infrastructure, achieving, with computer code, what until then could be accomplished only by bombing a country or sending in agents to plant explosives.”

This also appears to be an act of war. Administrations usually go to great lengths to conceal covert operations. Some remain classified after decades unless some American megalomaniac decides his political status is more vital than national security.

24 posted on 06/02/2012 9:06:55 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Obama came riding in on a Trojan Horse to do the Federal Reserve boards bidding at destruction and enslavement of the USA

thats why him a GW get along so well, its just that W had more class and made you feel good about having a knife in your back

25 posted on 06/02/2012 9:45:20 AM PDT by KTM rider
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To: kevslisababy

The ‘leak’ was intentional, to glorify Obama, no matter how much it cos our bational security. He is IRRESONSIBLE!


26 posted on 06/02/2012 8:03:29 PM PDT by Milagros (Y)
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To: Fractal Trader

If they had used this capability strictly to collect intelligence information, and refrained from blabbing about it, who knows what they might ultimately have discovered (names, locations, program status). But since the man-child never had any intention of using overt force, it was more politically expedient to score a temporary “victory” with STUXNET, rather than collecting targeting data for later on.


27 posted on 06/02/2012 8:31:07 PM PDT by pawdoggie
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To: pawdoggie

Exactly. This story should have appeared in the New York Times in about 50 years from now, like the stories of Blechley Park and the German Enigma code did after World War II.

In World War II, there were actually attacks that could have been stopped and weren’t because the Allied Commanders thought it would be too obvious to the Germans that the Enigma Code had been broken. When adults were in charge, lives were sacrificed because they knew that more lives would be saved in the long run if the secret was kept. Today, the work of many dedicated computer scientists has been wasted, because the Obama administration thought this might give them a temporary bump in the polls.


28 posted on 06/03/2012 4:34:59 PM PDT by CaptainMorgantown
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To: CaptainMorgantown

The program was started by Bush and “fatally compromised” under Obama the Amateur.


29 posted on 06/04/2012 6:53:19 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: thethirddegree
Since Obama has no accomplishments to run on, I expect him to continue to endanger national security by revealing progress in classified programs that he inherited but did not initiate.This thug will do and say anything to get re-elected.

FNC had a segment this morning about the Obama reelection team "leaking" security issues that should be kept secret for at least another 30 years or so just for the campaign.

I pray this backfires on them

30 posted on 06/04/2012 6:58:45 AM PDT by CAluvdubya (I just try to stay out of the fray...)
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